The Elms Farm

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The Elms Farm was located at the north end of the village between Main Street formerly Main Road and Back Lane.  Quite simply it was the last building(s) at the north end of the village.

I do not know when it was built but it was an old farm and dated pre 1832.  It ceased to be a farm around 1998 and was sold to a property developer who has since built large expensive houses on the site, whilst at the same time converting some of the farm buildings including the last farm house into dwellings.  Consequently, the images on this page are a constant reminder of the old farm.  Few of these buildings remain.

The former The Elms Farm prior to redevelopment c.2003/04

The farm house that has been on the site throughout the twentieth century and which is being redeveloped in 2003/04 was not the original house.  I conject that it was built about 1880.  On the west facing wall of the house at the bottom south part, can clearly be seen stone from different periods of time.

Although I can neither prove nor disprove it, I believe that part of a former farmhouse, can still be seen in one of the cattle sheds, that is also being redeveloped.

A view inside one of the cattle sheds pror to redevelopment in 2003/04. This may have been part of the original farm house. Clearly there was some living accommodation above the animals.

1832.  The Electoral Roll reveals that William Farmery occupied Freehold Land but William Ludlam of Tuxford is the Elector and thus owned the property.

1833 to 1838.  The Electoral Roll reveals that William Farmery occupied Freehold Land but William Ludlam of Tuxford is the Elector and thus owned the property.

1839.  The Electoral Roll needs to be checked.

1840  The Electoral Roll does not show either William Farmery or William Ludlam.  Quite simply William Farmery has died.  Perhaps his will may provide clues!

1841.  The census reveals that Thomas Heath, a farm bailiff resided at this farm.  The farms are not named and thus cannot be positively identified on the census, hence it is an exercise to try and identify them.  It appears as if Ann Farmery may have been away from home at the time of this census.

The west facing elevation of the old The Elms Farm. Different coloured stonework can be seen bottom right of the house. Was this stonwork part of a previous building?

1841.  The Bathurst Estate Papers dated 27 May 1841 relating to 'Scarcliffe, Survey, Valuation and Rate states that William Farmery occupied a farm at Palterton.  It was The Elms Farm (my words) and that it was 166 acres 1 rood and 34 perches.  The annual value was 182..17shillings..2d (old pence).  The annual value assessed was 156..14shillings..9d.  The assessment @ 5d. in the 1. was 3..5shillings..3d and three farthings.

1841.  There is no mention on the Electoral Roll, because William Farmery had died, his widow Ann Farmery occupied, but was not entitled to a vote.  Quite simply, at that time, women were not allowed to vote.

1842 to 1857.  A similar entry appears on the Electoral Rolls for this period.  I did not research the Electoral Rolls after 1857.  I believe I may not have identified The Elms farm correctly because surely Ann Farmery occupied this farm.

Another west facing image of The Elms farmhouse. People looking out of the windows would have a magnificent panoramic view of the Doe Lea valley.

1851.  The census reveals that Ann Farmery aged 51 years, a Farmer of 200 acres occupied this farm.  She was a widow and had 6 servants, 4 labourers and a visitor.

1861Ann Farmery aged 60 years, a farmer occupied this farm.  She had a farm bailiff by the name of Thomas Heath lodging with her.  She farmed 260 acres.  Also lodging with her and working for her was George Haslam aged 16 years, a carter and servant.  He was an ancestor of my mothers family.  Shortly after this year, he was killed in a farm accident in Palterton.

1871.  The census reveals that Ann Farmery, aged 71 years, a Farmer of 200 acres, occupied this farm.  She was a widow and had been born in Bolsover.  She had servants and 6 farm labourers.

1872Ann Farmery, late of Palterton in the parish of Scarcliffe in the County of Derby, a Widow who died, 4 September 1872 at Palterton, aged 72 years.

Her will was proved at Derby by William Hunt of Whalley in the parish of Bolsover in the said County of Derby, farmer and John William Hunt of Palterton Carr in the parish of Scarcliffe, farmer, the Executors.  (Effects under 1,500).

Ann Farmery was the widow of William Farmery who died around 1839/40.

1872/73.  Who occupied this farm from 1872 to 1883?

1881.  The census reveals that George Goodwin occupied this farm.  More research to positively prove this fact.

1883Cornelius Hufton Turner and his family moved to this farm from Sutton Scarsdale and farmed there until 1921, when he retired and returned to Suttton Scarsdale, where he lived at The Wrang.

1893.  The Earl Bathurst Estate Papers for this year, relating to 'Schedule of Lands in Derbyshire Estates' concerning the Township of Palterton in the parish of Scarcliffe, states that Turner C.H. occupied Farm Premises and Land with an acreage of 185 acres 1 rood 0 perches and the annual rental was 127..6shillings.

This is proof that Cornelius Hufton Turner was renting the farm from Earl Bathurst.

1896.  The Earl Bathurst Estate Papers relating to Rentals for the half year ending Lady Day-25 March 1896, state that Turner C.H. had half year rent due of 63..13shillings and he paid this amount in cash on the 1 July 1896.

1897  The Bathurst Estate papers relating to 'Rent Charges in lieu of Tithe on Lamb and Wool or this year makes no mention of Cornelius Hufton Turner nor The Elms Farm.

This is more proof that Cornelius Hufton Turner was renting the farm from Earl Bathurst, who would have been responsible for the Tithe.

1901.  The census reveals that Cornelius Hufton Turner, aged 44 years and his wife Ellen aged 46 years occupied The Elms farm.  Their children Olive aged 20 years, Elizabeth M. aged 18 years, Cornelius Hufton aged 16 years, Arthur Abel Joseph aged 14 years, Thomas aged 11 years and Alfred W. aged 2 years lived with them.  They had two farm workers living with them namely John Stubbs, aged 23 born Lincolnshire and Joseph Heath aged 50 years born Scarcliffe.

1921.  His son Thomas Turner born 1890 at Palterton took over the farm and remained there until his death.  Subsequently, his two sons Jeff and Fred. became the farmers.

1975Thomas Turner died on the 4 March 1975 aged 85 years and was buried in the churchyard (new section) at Scarcliffe Parish Church.

1980s.  Farm ceased to be a working farm.  Date not yet ascertained.

1996Easter Helen Turner widow of the late Thomas Turner born 1890, died on the 18 January aged 94 years and was buried in the churchyard (new section) at Scarcliffe Parish Church, in the same grave as her late husband.

2003Geoffrey Cornelius Turner, son of Thomas Turner and his wife Easter Helen Turner died on the 12 October aged 76 years and was buried in the churchyard (new section) at Scarcliffe Parish Church, in the same grave as his parents.

2003.  The site of this old farm had now been redeveloped into a small estate of private houses with the farmhouse given a refurbishment.

The Elms Farm


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Created 2 December 2001
Last updated: 24 December 2003