Lilac Farm


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Lilac Farm was located on the Main Street or as it was named in yesteryear Maine Road.

The farm house is located in a prominent position looking down over the Doe Lea valley towards Sutton Scarsdale and the view north, west and south is as far as the eye can see.  The old farm house and outbuildings are made of quality stone.  I conject they pre date 1800 and if my research is correct housed a member of the Gentry around that time.  Perhaps it was built for such a person!.

This page is currently being constructed as at 1 January 2005.
Also, please note that any names recorded in this chapter are verbatim to the documents from which they have been transcribed.  The Shacklock christian names can be confusing.  I conject the christian name Wilson is taken from the mother Hannah Wilson.

1829Glover's Directory of Derbyshire.
Lord of the Manor - The Rt. Hon. Earl Bathurst.
Amongst the farmers in the village were:   William and Joseph Winfield.  I conject they owned and occupied this farm but more research is needed to prove it.

1831Pigot's Directory of Deryshire.
Mr. Joseph Winfield of Palterton, stated to be "Gentry and Clergy."
The parish of Scarcliffe contained about 500 inhabitants.

1835Pigot & Co.  Derbyshire.
No mention of Palterton but:  Gentry - Mr. Joseph Winfield of Palterton.  For some reason Farmers are not mentioned.

1841.  The census reveals that John Wingfield, aged 85 years, a Farmer occupied this farm.  He had 2 servants.  Hannah Wilson & child lived with him.

I conject that he died and left the farm to Hannah Wilson.  I conject he left a will but I have not yet researched it.

1841Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire.
Refers to Scarcliffe with Palterton.  Amongst the persons mentioned is Hannah Wilson, Farmer of Palterton.

1850Tithe Award.
The Tithe Award reveals that Hannah Wilson owned and occupied the property that subsequently became known as Lilac farm. It is number 172 on the said document and was described as Croft, House, Outbuildings and yard

She owned and occupied about 15 other pieces of land in Palterton including the property next door that subsequently became known as Bastin Park Farm.  This is numbered 170 and 170a on the Plan and is described as Houses and gardens occupied by Joseph Cree and others.  At that time she also owned Rhodes Horse Close.

1851.  7 April. The census reveals that Hannah Wilson aged 56 years, a farmer of 56 acres lived with her daughter, one servant and one labourer at this farm.

1857History, Gazetteer and Directory of Derbyshire & Sheffield
Palterton information is on page 770.  Amongst the names mentioned is Hannah Wilson, a Farmer.

1861.  12 April.
The census reveals that William Shacklock aged 24 born Clown, Derbyshire a farmer of 100 acres lived at the farm.  He was married and lived with his wife Jane Shacklock aged 23 years born at Palterton.  Their son Joesph Shacklock, aged 1 year and born at Palterton lives with them as does his mother Hannah Wilson a widow aged 64 years and born at Staveley, Derbyshire.  They have three servants namely Elizabeth Southend (?) aged 20 years, a House servant born at Worksop, Notts., William Hage (?), aged 22 years, a Carter born Edingley, Notts. and Joseph Siston (?), aged 14 years, a Carter born at Clown.(Ref: RG.9/2424)  The Enumerator was William Birkitt.

1869.  7 April.
Hannah Wilson of Palterton in Scarcliffe aged 76 years was buried at Scarcliffe Parish Church.
I believe she would have left a will but I have not yet researched it.  I believe she may have left property to her son William Shacklock.

1871.  7 April.
Thr census reveals that William Shacklock aged 24 born Clowne, Derbyshire a farmer of 105 acres lived at the farm.  He has four servants and three labourers.

Research a bit more - his wife and at least four children should be with him.

1881.  9 April.
The census reveals that William J. Shacklock aged 44 years a farmer of 100 acres is living at this farm.  He is stated to have been born at Clowne, Derbyshire.  He was married and living with his wife Jane Shacklock aged 43 years and born at Palterton.  They have their seven children living with them at this time.  They were Joseph aged 21 years, Hannah aged 19 years, Elizabeth aged 16 years, Jane aged 12 years, Mary aged 10 years, all born at Palterton.  Also Winefred aged 3 years born Mansfield and Margaret aged 1 year, born Clowne.  The family employed one labourer who did not live at the farm.

The fact that Joseph Shacklock, the eldest child was aged 21 years and born in Palterton is corroboration the family were living in the village in 1860.

1881Kelly's Trade Directory for Derbyshire.
Amongst the named Farmers is William Joseph Shacklock.

1881.  Electoral Roll for the Bolsover Polling District, parish of Scarcliffe
Voters in respect of property incl. Tenant Occupiers at a rent of 50 or upwards.
Joseph William Shacklock, abode Stanfree, Bolsover.  Freehold House & Land situated at Palterton.

1891.  Electoral Roll - Chesterfield Divn. of Derbyshire - Scarcliffe Polling District.  Parish of Scarcliffe.  Ownership Votes.    Persons entitled to vote as Parliamentary Voters and County Electors.
Joseph William Shacklock, abode Palterton.  Freehold House & Land situated at Palterton.

According to this Electoral RollJoseph William Shacklock owned Lilac Farm at that time.

1893.  3 February.
William Joseph Shacklock of Palterton aged 56 years buried at Scarcliffe Parish Church.

1895Kelley's Directory for Derbyshire.
Amongst the names mentioned is Joseph Wilson Shacklock, a Farmer.  It looks as if he has taken over the farm after the death of his father in 1893.

1901
The census reveals that William J. Shacklock had died and his son Joesph W. Shacklock, aged 41 years, a farmer born Scarcliffe was Head of the Household.  He was unmarried.  At that time the farm was referred to as a Farm House, hence it had not yet been named Lilac Farm.

His widowed mother Jane Shacklock aged 63 years and born at Scarcliffe, lived with him.  She was stated to be "living on own means".  Also living with him were his unmarried sisters Elizabeth aged 36 years, a dressmaker on her own account, Mary aged 30 years, Winifred aged 23 years born Mansfield and Margaret aged 21 years, an Elementary School teacher on her own account, born at Clowne, Derbyshire.  There was one servant living with the family on census night, namely John E. Haynes, a single man aged 19 years employed as an Ag. Horseman on farm.  He was stated to have been born at Ruskington, Lincs. (Census Ref: RG.13/3133).  The Enumerator was Mr. Thomas Shaw.

Although the census records Joesph W. Shacklock, his mother, sisters Elizabeth and Mary as being born at Scarcliffe, they were in fact born at Palterton in the parish of Scarcliffe.

1910.  Electoral Roll - Chesterfield Divn. of Derbyshire - Scarcliffe Polling District.  Parish of Scarcliffe.  Occupation Voters, other than Lodgers.  Persons entitled to vote as Parliamentary Voters and County Electors.
John Shacklock abode Palterton.  Nature of Qualification - Land and tenement situated at Palterton.
This is proof that John Shacklock had taken occupancy of Lilac Farm from his brother Joseph Wilson Shacklock.  He did not own the property, he rented it.  The Owners are shown in a separate list.

1926.  Electoral Roll for the Clay Cross Parliamentary Division of Derbyshire - Scarcliffe Polling District.  Parish of Scarcliffe.  Occupation Voters, other than Lodgers.  Persons entitled to vote as Parliamentary Voters and County Electors.
John Wilson Shacklock It states "R" "O" "J".  The "J" a Juror.

1927.  probably Lady-day.
Fred. Holmes, his wife Getrude May Holmes nee Bunting and son Wilfred Holmes moved to Lilac FarmWilfred Holmes was born on the 30 December 1918 at Renishaw, Derbyshire.  There is corroboration of the year being 1927 in the village school records that state Wilfred Holmes commenced the village school on the 25 April 1927 and that his last school was EckingtonFred. Holmes was born at Rylah Farm, Palterton.

Prior to her marriage, Getrude May Holmes nee Bunting lived with her parents at Holloway, Derbyshire in the cottage at Lee Hurst Park.  Upon her marriage to Fred. Holmes, the couple went to live at the farm in the grounds of Renishaw Hall.

The Holmes family rented Lilac Farm from John Wilson Shacklock, who owned it but had moved to farm at nearby Glapwell.

Subsequently, Wilfred Holmes took over the tenancy upon the death of his father (I conject c.1950) and later purchased the farm from the Shacklock family.

1941.  Kelly's Directory Derbyshire.
Fred. Holmes is stated to be a farmer but the name of the farm is not recorded.  It was Lilac Farm.

1967.  Actual date not yet known.
Mr. Shacklock, the owner of Lilac Farm died and Wilfred Holmes purchased the farm from his Estate.  I have not established the christian names of Mr. Shacklock nor confirmed the actual year of purchase as 1967.

1970s.  The farm closed and is now a private house, owned and occupied by a son of Wilfred Holmes and his wife Mary.  I have not yet established the date when the farm closed.

The old Farm

Lilac Farm


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