Local History

The Sturgess Farmhouse is a beautiful old farm complex covering two and a half acres of land.

Sturgess House & Barns

The Sturgess Farm is a beautiful old farm complex covering two and a half acres of land. Until recently the Sturgess was still an operational Small Holding. From time to time there can still be lambs seen here in springtime – and turkeys roaming the field before Christmas!

The central part of the main farmhouse was built around 1500 and has been added to over the centuries and the whole complex has now been listed as a Grade II building. Up until around 20 years ago the main body of the farm house and the barns were still thatched.

The Farm gained its present name in around the middle to late 1700’s when in came under the tennancy of one Dennis Sturgis. The Sturgis Family would have been well known in the area and were probably a very influential family. They held the tenancy to several working farms, tenements and even three inns in the area.

Dennis took over tennancy of the farm in 1738, and it is from here that the name of Sturgess Farmhouse most likely came – with the Farm being known as “Sturgis’s Farm” whilst Dennis was in residence!

The farm at this time had land amounting to 1 acre and 2 roods, a very fair size!. It still had its thick thatched roof and several outhouses. William worked the Farm whilst the Hintons lived here – keeping mostly livestock, and growing vegetables in the garden.

The children when not at school or helping their parents will have had plenty of time for playing on the Hills behind the farm – up in the rainwater lakes on Cow Down, or blowing bubbles in the back garden.