The sale of The Abingdon Estate in 1919
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Earl of Abingdon and family owned much of Beckley and Horton until 1919 when the
estate was sold. This must have
been a momentous event in the history of the villages, but gave the chance for
tenants to buy the property that they had rented. Viscount Bertie of Thame, the heir to the estate finally sold
the estate in 1919. The estate had
changed sine the estate maps of 1811 were produced and while a number of
cottages and fields had been purchased from the Studley Priory Estate other land
and fields had been sold mostly to sitting tenants.
catalogue was kindly loaned by Mr Colin Badger of Manor Farm Horton cum Studley.
His grandfather bought the farm just before this auction by Private Treaty.
The copy appears to be an auctioneer’s copy as it has penciled in the
bids as they were made. Some lots
were not sold on the day but already sold by private treaty or withdrawn.
Some Lots just have an initial alongside and it is not clear what that
sale was held on Wednesday 25th June 1919 at 2 O’clock at the
Roebuck Hotel, Oxford. The sale included lands in Beckley and a total of 2,073
acres of land. The sale was conducted by Messrs Franklin & Jones.
1 The Manor Farm Beckley – 200 acres including a limestone quarry, and
for an extra £266 3s 6d, growing timber. The
farm had been occupied by Mr John Kirtland and John Thomson Esq.
2 The Upper Park Farm with 121 acres let to Mt G H Bailey Wakelin with £149,
16s 6d of timber.
It was sold to Mr Wakelin for £2,500.
3 Middle Park Farm Beckley with 223 acres occupied by John Thomson Esq of
Woodperry. Sold for £3100.
4 The Lower Park Farm Beckley with 319 acres. The house is described in
the sale catalogue:
Farmhouse a beautiful specimen of Elizabethan Structure is built of brick, stone
and tile, and is an excellent state of repair. It is surrounded by a moat, and of account of its historical
associations is a subject of great interest to archeologists. Visitors by
courtesy being admitted Tuesdays and Thursdays.”
5 The Thriving area of Woodland known as Blackwater Wood of 32 acres.
Sold to Avery Jones for £2200.
6 Horton Spinney of 16 Acres mainly oak. Not sold.
7 In the village of Beckley, the Attractive Accommodation Holding Stone and
Thatched House, wheelwright & blacksmiths shop sawing shed and open shop
with 22 arable land, Orchard, Standard Close, Hall Hill allotments & Spring
Head Allotments. Sold for £1000. The tenant was Mr Bailey Wakelin.
8 The Attractive Small Holding comprising Cottage and Garden in the
village of Beckley. Tenant Mr T Sumner.
9 The Well Known Inn being the Abingdon Arms with 20 acres including
barn, orchard and pasture. It may
have been withdrawn from the sale according to pencil notes in the catalogue.
10 A pair of cottages with village pound adjoining in occupation of
Messrs Shipley and Kirtland. Sold
to Mr Shipley for £110 who had a piggery in one of the cottages.
11 Cottage and Garden in Beckley Tenant Mr Francis Ager who bought it for
12 A pair of Semi-Detached Cottages in occupation Messrs Quartly &
Payne Sold for £105.
13 The Standard Allotments sold for £73 to Mr Langston.
14 The Attractive Small Holding with 26 acres with Little Lince and
Upper Lince Allotments together with an Allotment Barn and yard in the
village. Sold for £575.
The bidding appears to have started at £300 then 350 – 400 – 350 –
500 – 550 then 575.
15 Semidetached Stone and Thatched Cottages in the village in occupation
of Messrs Lambourne and Langston; together with a Large Garden asdjoining in
occupation Mr David Payne. Sold for £105 to Mr Langston.
Lot 16 A Small Holding with Cottage and Garden together with a part of Upper Lince Allotments occupied by Mr David Payne Sold to Mr Payne for £160.
17 A small Holding 1 acre occupied by Mr David Payne. Sold to Mr Payne
17 A pair of Semi-detached Stone and Tiled Cottages occupied by Messrs
Giles and Lambourne. Sold to Mr
Piper for £170
18 Cottage and Garden occupied by Mr Higgs sold To Mr Wing for £110.
19 A Pair of Cottages and Gardens in occupation of Messrs Barratt and
Newall Sols for £125.
20 A Very Attractive Small Holding with Farm House and Steading &
Pasture Lands with 13 acres in occupation of Mr D Charlett. Sold to Mr Stone for £600.
21 Accommodation Holding with Good Cottage and Garden and Large Orchard
in occupation of Mr J Kirtland. Sold to Mr Newall for £340.
22 The Accommodation Land being a Garden and Orchard in occupation of Mr
23 A Detached Stone and Tiled Cottage in occupation of Mr Joseph Alum.
Lot 22 and 23 were sold together to Mr E H Cooke for £210.
24 Pair of Semi-detached Cottages with extensive gardens to the rear in
occupation of Messrs Shipley and Kirtland.
No sale is recorded.
Regrettably the Map showing the location of the Lots in Beckley was not with the catalogue. Has anyone a copy?
in name of property for map.
25 The Attractive Freehold Breeding and Dairy Holding known as Vent
Field Farm with 233 Acres 1r 16p consisting of:
House and homestead
1 acres 1 rood.26 poles
Stone field with cottage and buildings
Cottage and Garden
comfortable house is situated close to the main road, and comprises of Dining
Room, Drawing Room, Kitchen, Pantry, Cellar and 4 Bedrooms. The house is built
of brick with a tiled roof adjoining which is a good farm steading mainly built
of stone and tile comprising of cow house etc.. Excellent Cottage
- The Lower Homestead comprises Cottage, Barn, Open Cart Shed, Loose
Boxes. (This is the half timbered farmhouse almost opposite the church in Church
Lane. Home Close is now the name of
the house on the land and part of the farm is now Ventfield Close)
farm is in the occupation of Mr L H Allen and Mr J Hicks.
The growing timber valued at £404. 12s 6d to be paid in addition to the
sale price. The farm was not sold at the sale.
26 Lower Green Farm with 159 Acres 2 Rod 10 Poles to include:
Farmhouse and Homestead
Home Close pasture
The Closes pasture
Part of Lane pasture
Shed and yard
Shell Field pasture
farmhouse built of brick and tile comprises 2 living rooms, kitchen, dairy,
cellar, 4 bedrooms and offices.
Farm Steading comprises a brick and tiles cart horse stable and feeding pens,
with loft over, nag stable and trap house, barn, piggeries, 4-bay wagon shed,
cow house for 12, loose boxes and fowl house.
In Greensward Ground there is a 4-bay cattle shed and a yard in Shell
Field. There is excellent water supply from the Beckley Main system.
Tenant Mr Thomas Hawes is under notice to quit at Michaelmas next. A right of
way for timber carting for lot 6. A right of way is reserved over Field 98 for
Lots 25,26,27. Right of way is reserved over Lane 111 for lots 28 and 42 and
also for access to adjoining property owned by the trustees of the late John
farm was sold to Mr Thomas Hawes for £3500 plus £182 16s 6d for growing
27a The Accommodation Grass Field known as Iron Closes 7 acres. Sold to
Mr Auger for £260 plus £97 13s 6d for growing timber.
28 The Manor Farm Horton First Class
Dairy and Breeding Holding of 196 acres 0 rood 30 pole, including:
Cuckoo Pen pasture
part Part of Lane
Part of field owned by Mr James Kirby 0.1.34
House and Homestead 0.2.30
Cottage & Garden
house, which is an attractive one, and in an excellent position is in a first
class state of repair, improvements having been carried out at considerable
expenditure. The accommodation consits of 2 sitting rooms, 2 kitchens,, dairy, 6
bedrooms and offices. The Farm Steading nearby, mainly of brick and stone,
comprises a 4 Piggeries, Cart-House Stable, Trap House, 6-Bay Wagon and Cattle
Shed, and loose boxes, Fowl House and Calf House with good yards.
Lower Homestead (79 Franklin’s) comprises of Large Barn, Stable, Wagon Shed,
Cattle Shed and Piggery. No 131 on the plan comprises of Cottage and Garden
which is excluded from the lot. The above has been in the occupation of the
Badger family for a number of years. The
present tenant Mr Henry Badger in under notice to quit expiring at Michaelmas
next. The water tower is included
in the sale. (Brill Road behind cottage opposite Studley Farm House).
farm was sold to Mr Henry Badger by Private Treaty before the sale.
29 The Hundred Acres on Otmoor 101acres 0 rood 27 pole.
Sold to Mr Thomas Hawes for £1250. (This field was acquisitioned by the
Air Ministry in about 1940 and is now MOD owned as a part of the Otmoor Range
safety area but has been used by the Hawes farm to graze cattle)
30 Adjoining Pasture Field known as Otmoor 40 acres 0 rood 7 poles,
tenant Mr Aubrey Collett. Sold to Mr Thomas Hawes for £700.
brick and Stone Tiled Cottage situated in Oakley Road occupied by Mr
Jonas Honour with a large garden extending over ¾ acre with Wood House, 2
Piggeries and Fowl House. Sold to
Mr Honour for £330. (now Kiln Cottage)
32 A pair of Brick, Stone & Tiled Cottages
situated in Oakley Road occupied by Messrs Jones & Kirtland.
There are extensive gardens and a wood house and piggery to each cottage.
NB The Smith’s Shop is the property of the tenant. Sold to E J Rose £200.
(Pair of cottages next to Salcey)
33 A Brick Built Cottage adjoining Lot
32 in occupation William Robbins. There
is a Wood Hovel and Piggery attached. Sold to E J Rose £100. (now Kimmeridge)
35 A Pair of brick and Stucco Cottages
with extensive gardens in the occupation of Messrs Haynes & Robbins.
There is a Wood House and Piggery with each cottage. Sold to My Haynes £120.
(now the Old Weir)
36 Brick and Tiled Cottage occupied by
Mr George Budd. There is a good garden and Wood House and Piggery. Sold to Mr
Haynes for £70. (next to the Old Weir (south))
37 A Pair of semi-detached Brick and Tiled
Cottages in the occupation of Messrs Jones & Honour. Sold to Mr H J
Haynes £120. (Now Danesbrook/Cobbles)
38 The Productive Orchard in occupation of Mr Frank Coles. Sole to Mr E J
Rose £90. (Now part of Aubrey House)
39 The detached Brick and Tiled Cottage
with extensive garden in occupation of Mr Barnett Hicks. Sold to Mr Hicks £185.
(Now Aubrey House)
40 The Accommodation Paddock known as
Parson’s Close in the occupation of Mr Henry Badger. Not sold at the
sale may have been included in the sale of Manor Farm to Mr Badger. (Now the
site of Mr Colin Badger’s House)
41 A pair of Brick, Stone and Thatched Cottages
in the center of the village of Horton with extensive gardens having a long
frontage on Main Street. These cottages are vacant. Sold to E J Rose £135. (Now Whitecroft)
42 The Detached Stone, Brick and Thatched
Cottages with good garden and pigsty in the occupation of James Brooks.
A right is reserved for this lot to obtain water from a well of the
cottage forming a portion of Lot 26. A right of way is reserved over Pt 111
forming a portion of Lot 26 for this Lot. Sold F Coles £50. (Now Mr Chris
Beckley’s Workshop, Mill Lane)
43 Bailiff’s House with Good Garden, Estate
Timber Yard, Carpenter’s Shop. Bidding
reached £220 but outcome not recorded. (The site of the Bungalow at West Hill Farm)
44 Pair of Brick and Tiled Cottages
with Wood House and Pigsty to each. In occupation of Messrs Jones & Hawes
with good gardens adjoining. A right to fetch water from Lot 47 (The cottage at
the T junction to West Hill Farm). Sold
Thos. Hawes £120.(Now Ragnall’s Cottages and the area where the village pound
was situated and now part of Ragnall’s House))
45 Stone Brick and Thatched Cottages
with Wood House and Piggery in occupation of Mr W G Stanton.
Sold to Mr Stanton £75. (Ragnall’s House)
46 The detached brick-built Cottage with Wood
House and Piggery in the occupation of Mr A Gomm. A right to fetch water
from Lot 49 and right of way for this lot over Lot 26.( The now demolished
cottage on the footpath from Mill Lane to Ragnall’s Lane)
47 A Pair of Brick-Built Cottages in
the occupation of Mr Percy Hawes and Jacob Hicks. There are excellent gardens and Piggery to each. The main
Beckley water supply is laid on. A right to obtain water is reserved to Lot 44.
Sold £140 (The house at the
T junction at the start of Ragnall’s Lane)
48 A detached Brick and Stone-built Cottage
with outbuildings and piggery in occupation of Mr Henry Hicks. Sold £65. (Now
Otmoor View, Church Lane that was lived in by Ben Coles until his death in about
49 The attractive Tenement Detached brick-built
Cottage with good garden and paddock adjoining, extending to 1 ½ acres.
There are two wood sheds, The above is in the occupation of Mr John Coles.
(Now demolished but roughly where Attock House and other houses are now located)
50 Wheelwright’s Premises with Cottage, Shops
and Land in the occupation of Mr William Collett. The cottage is a good
one, and there are extensive Wheelright’s Shops, and an excellent paddock. NB
The Blacksmith’s Shop is the property of the tenant. The right to fetch water
from Lot 49 is reserved for this lot. Sold Mr Collett £150. (Now demolished but
where Duffryn House is now situated)
51 Immediately adjacent to the Main Oxford Horton Road are the
Village Allotments 10 acres 1 rood 2 poles. Sold £240. (The field
opposite the Playing Fields)
52 Accommodation Pasture Field adjoining
the main Oxford Road. 7 acres 2 rood 22 poles in occupation of Mr Ernest Auger.
Sold Mr Auger £250. (The field beyond Horton Farm)
53 Attractive Accommodation Holding known as Arnott’s
Close with small Steading therein comprising Barn, Stable, Cow House and
Calf Pen. In occupation of Messrs L H Alden & E Auger and extends to 4acres
0 rood 26 poles. Sold to Mr Auger £300. ( This is the field behind the Church
up to the dividing row of bushes. The
buildings of the steading are now ruins to be seen near to the footpath from
Mill Lane to Ragnall’s Lane)