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Farms in Elstead, 1800s
« on: Sunday 22 January 17 19:01 GMT (UK) »
I'm doing a history course on Victorian country history, and am looking for some information. I have some details of my husband's great great grandparents, James and Hester Collyer who, on the 1871 census were recorded as being a 'farmer of 50 acres' (in 1881, 54 acres) at Woolfords Farm, in Elstead. However, looking at excerpts from a book called 'Elstead Then and Now'  by Gillian Drew, there's no mention at all of a Woolfords Farm, in any century, though the name comes up occasionally on modern property websites. I'm assuming that James would have been a tenant farmer, rather than a landowner but, what I'd like to find out if possible is who owned the farm, was there a manor house or 'big house'/gentry involved, and what sort of farm it was i.e what would have been grown or raised there. A lot to ask for, I know, but my husband (sadly, no longer with us) knew nothing of these forebears, and I have no contact with the person who originally passed the information to my mother-in-law years ago. Any help or suggestions where I could look, would be much appreciated.

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Re: Farms in Elstead, 1800s
« Reply #1 on: Sunday 22 January 17 22:22 GMT (UK) »
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Sherry-Paddington & Marylebone,
Longhurst-Ealing & Capel, Abinger, Ewhurst & Ockley,
Chandler-Chelsea

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Re: Farms in Elstead, 1800s
« Reply #2 on: Monday 23 January 17 13:22 GMT (UK) »
No, I hadn't, so thanks for that. I had tried looking for a Surrey archive, but couldn't find anything - Google failed this time! I lived in Surrey myself for 27 years, but nowhere near that area, and I wasn't into Family History then, either. I can start digging now. Thanks again. P.S. Just seen that the archive is in Woking - I lived three miles from there the whole time I was in Surrey, and never knew there was such a thing!

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Re: Farms in Elstead, 1800s
« Reply #3 on: Monday 23 January 17 13:48 GMT (UK) »
small world!

Let us know how you get on.
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Sherry-Paddington & Marylebone,
Longhurst-Ealing & Capel, Abinger, Ewhurst & Ockley,
Chandler-Chelsea

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Re: Farms in Elstead, 1800s
« Reply #4 on: Tuesday 24 January 17 13:19 GMT (UK) »
This overlay map from the 1890's shows the exact location of Woolfords Farm.

http://maps.nls.uk/geo/explore/#zoom=17&lat=51.1706&lon=-0.7181&layers=176&b=1

Use the transparency slider on the left to toggle between old and new view.
Lavender - Ruislip Middlesex / Mitcham Surrey
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Abrehart/Abrahart - Edmonton Middlesex / Mitcham Surrey / Victoria Australia
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Donohoe/Donohue & Roche - Graiguecullen, Queens/Carlow Ireland

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Re: Farms in Elstead, 1800s
« Reply #5 on: Tuesday 24 January 17 13:36 GMT (UK) »
I lived three miles from there the whole time I was in Surrey, and never knew there was such a thing!

It was Goldsworth Secondary School when I lived there, It appears from planning documents that SHC was built around 1995.
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Re: Farms in Elstead, 1800s
« Reply #6 on: Tuesday 24 January 17 14:36 GMT (UK) »
Thanks very much, Mark! Very useful and interesting. I have to admit that I know nothing about Elstead, although I did visit nearby Frensham a couple of times as a child - a long time ago.

I assume that's Sheerwater High School, Rosie? Paul Weller territory! ;)

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Re: Farms in Elstead, 1800s
« Reply #7 on: Tuesday 24 January 17 15:04 GMT (UK) »
I assume that's Sheerwater High School, Rosie? Paul Weller territory! ;)

No, not Sheerwater.  It is along Goldsworth Road - the road from Woking Town to St Johns /Brookwood though I believe vehicular access is from the Kingsway.
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Re: Farms in Elstead, 1800s
« Reply #8 on: Tuesday 24 January 17 17:49 GMT (UK) »
Ah, yes, of course. Amazing how quickly I've forgotten.