Rolls Bridge Farm and Cottages
Rolls Bridge is marked on some modern maps and a nearby farm took the name of the bridge and was recorded as Rolls Bridge Farm. In 1841 John Milton was recorded as the farmer.
In 1851 the farm was recorded as covering 100 acres and John employed four men. Two of these farmer labourers, William Pate and Thomas Salterley, resided in the farm house. A third agricultural labourer, John Down, lived in Rolls Bridge Cottage.
In 1861 John remained farming at Rolls Bridge, the farm now covered 120 acres and two farmer's servants were employed, William Beer and John Huxtable, they both resided at the farm house. Rolls Bridge Cottages were not recorded so I suppose we assume they were uninhabited.
I believe John Milton died in 1866 and the records show his wife, Mary, farming 180 acres at Rolls Bridge. Mary's two sons, Mark William and Thomas were recorded as farmers. Her nephew and niece Luke and Louisa Osborne were recorded as assistants and Elizabeth Earles and Michael Seward were recorded as servants. William Beer, still a farm labourer, had moved into Rolls Bridge Cottages and in the second cottage Samuel Huxtable, a gardener, resided.
In 1881 Mary's son, Thomas, had taken over the farm which now covered 158 acres. He employed six men, William Bout and James Bolt who resided in the farm house. There were now four cottages named Rolls Bridge Cottages and the residents were Samuel Huxtable, now recorded as an agricultural labourer, William Beer, William Harding, agricultural labourers, and I think, Robert Quscott who worked with the farm horses.
In 1891 George William Dymond was the farmer with two employees, John Pope living the farm house and William Beer residing in Rolls Bridge Cottages. No other residents were recorded at the cottages.
In 1901 and 1902 George continued to farm the land William Beer continued to work as a farm labourer and lived at Rolls Bridge Cottage.
A sale was recorded of the farm in 1907 and records show Edmund William Badcock, a dairyman, farming at Rolls Bridge in 1911. William Beer was still working as an agricultural labourer and living at Rolls Bridge Cottages. A second farm labourer was also recorded at these cottages, Edward Rowland.
In 1931 and 1939 the Bastin family were recorded at Rolls Bridge Farm and 1946 Mrs Bastin.
In 1922 Rolls Bridge Cottages were described as a small holding with two cottages, pastures, orchard, arable closes and a stone quarry, the land and cottages were let to Mr S. F. White.
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