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Marsh Farm

Although not a building listed by Historic England, this house is nonetheless a fascinating historic structure. It was originally a two-roomed farmhouse, likely dating between 1590 and 1620. In the late eighteenth century, the side walls of the building were raised in height, and it was extended. In the mid-nineteenth century, dormer gables and a porch were added, presumably to give the house more of an estate cottage appearance. Indeed, it is likely to have been used for a period as two cottages that provided homes for agricultural labourers working on the Langley Burrell estate of the Ashe family. However, by 1861, it was used as a farmhouse on a 26-acre dairy farm occupied by John Matthews. In 1871 John farmed 34 acres, likely all rented from the squire, Robert Martyn Ashe. He employed one labourer. With his advancing years, in 1881, at the age of 77, the amount of land he farmed was reduced to just 10 acres. John died in 1891.

Francis Kilvert's diary for 18 January 1875 tells how he visited a farm, although not named was undoubtedly March Farm, which he describes as a 'little ancient farmhouse with … huge thick pointed walls and sharp-pointed red brick gables'. 'Ada Brown in a scarlet jacket opened the door to me with a great big smile and pretty curtsey and fetched her grandmother downstairs.' Kilvert brought a 7lb truckle cheese from the farmer's wife (Elizabeth Matthews) and went on his way.

 

Marsh Farmhouse,
Jacksom's Lane,
Langley Burrell

 

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