High Field Farm
Highfield Farm formerly known as High Field Farm does not appear to have been known by that name until
around the year 1890. However it was a farm before that and certainly in 1871. Earl Bathurst owned the
farm house and the land. It was part of his Whaley Estate.
1911. The census dated 2 April 1911 reveals that William Simpson and his family were living at Highfield Farm, Palterton in the parish of Scarcliffe.. This
village was in the Mansfield Regn. district and Shirebrook sub district. This census stated that Palterton was in the county of
Nottinghamshire. Census Ref: RG14, Piece 1216.|
This 1911 census does not specifically mention Highfield Farm nor does it name other farms in the village but local knowledge and following the route of the Enumerator is is 100% correct that this was Highfield Farm.
|Name||Status||M or S||Sex||Age|| Birth
|Occupn.||Place of birth.|
|Simpson, William||Head||Marr.||M||34||1877||Foreman on farm||Park Springs, Licolnshire,|
|Simpson, Gertrude||Wife||Marr. 12 yrs||F||34||1877||-||Worksop, Notts.|
|Simpson, William Adwick||Son||Single||M||12||1899||School||Lincoln, Lincs.|
|Simpson, Kate Evelyn||Dau.||Single||F||10||1901||School||Tuxford, Notts.|
|Simpson, Henry Frederick||Son||S||M||8||1903||School||Waddington, Lincs.|
|Simpson, Arthur Ernest||Son||S||M||6||1905||School||Waddington, Lincs|
|Taylor, Alfred||Servant||S||M||20||1891||Horseman on farm||Eagle, Lincs.|
|Chambers, Walter||Servant||S||M||17||1894||Horseman on farm||Kirton, Notts.|
So William Simpson was stated to be the foreman on the farm, which was in effect he was the farm bailiff. We know that Earl Bathurst
owned the farm and land and suspect that a member of the Grimes family rented Highfield farm but lived and had a farm elsewhere. Trade directories
reveal that to be correct and he was employed by Sydney G. Grimes. Esq. farmer of Scarcliffe Grange Farm.
Where was Joseph Grimes and his family who had occupied the farm at the time of the 1911 census? We discover that he was now a horse dealer and that on the night of the census (2 April 1911) he was lodging at the Prince of Wales Inn, Drury Lane, Rugby, Warwickshire. At that time, his wife Elizabeth Newton Grimes and family were living at number 1, Belmont Terrace, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. She completed the census document and stated she was head of the household, aged 38 years and had been married 15 years and was of private means. Her four children Elizabeth Marjorie Grimes (14), Joseph Henry Grimes (12), Eunice Mary Grimes (10) and Eleanor Agnes Grimes (4) were all school children and all born Palterton, Derbyshire.
1916. William Simpson, a Farm Bailiff occupied the farm house. He was employed by Sydney G. Grimes. Esq. farmer of Scarcliffe Grange Farm. (Trade Directory info.) Earl Bathurst owned the farm.
1922. Earl Bathurst owned the farm. Simpson family still tenants.
1928. Earl Bathurst owned the farm. Arthur Roland Grimes occupied. (Trade Directory).
1932. Earl Bathurst owned the farm. Arthur Roland Grimes occupied. (Trade Directory).
1934. Earl Bathurst owned the farm.
1936. Earl Bathurst owned the farm. Capt. Houldsworth occupied occupied the farm house but Thomas Turner farmed the land.
1941. Earl Bathurst owned the farm. Capt. Houldsworth occupied it, but Thomas Turner farmed it. Kelly's Directory Derbyshire 1941 states that Thos. Turner, a farmer at Elm Farm and Highfield Farm.
1942. Earl Bathurst sold the property to the Duke of Devonshire Estate. Capt. Houldsworth occupied the farm house but Thomas Turner farmed the land.
My research note states: 300 acres sold in the Bolsover and Scarcliffe area - 250 years to be severed in the Scarcliffe area dating back to 1693 - Earl Bathurst family estates.
1943. 25 March. The McDonald family moved to Palterton and took up occupancy of the farm. There were three generations, father, son and grandson.
1970. The farmhouse was rebuilt on the site of the previous house.
2013. The McDonald family still occupy this farm and a great grandson of the first McDonald has followed family tradition. A second great grandson previously occupied and farmed a Chatsworth Estate farm in the Bakewell area of Derbyshire, but I believe that several years ago, he moved abroad to farm in Canada. My research into this farm is incomplete but on going.
High Field Farm
Created 2 December 2001
Last updated: 3 October 2013