Brierley Lodge Farm
Brierley Lodge Farm, this farm is on land that was held by the Lords of Brierley Manor.
Brierley Lodge farm stands on the south corner of Brierley Old Park which centred on the Manor House, Brierley Park was a medieval hunting area and is clearly marked on Christopher Saxton’s 1577 map of Yorkshire. The name Brierley Lodge suggests that it was built as a gate house to the old park. New Park was enclosed in the early 1600s. on land to the south east of the old park it enclosed a large area of woodland. This woodland was managed for timber, the new growth was called at that time spring wood, the meaning of New Park Spring.
Many of the Grimethorpe farms were included in rentals for New Park. In a Brierley Manor rental dated 1662 Henry Shirtliffe junior paid £13-10-00 for his home in New Park this could have been for Brierley Lodge.
In a rental dated 1701 Richard Richardson paid a half year rent of £10-1-07 for his home in New Park he would have paid another £10-1-07 but there is no record of this. His home was most probably Brierley Lodge as Felkirk Parish Registers state that the Richardson family lived at Brierley Lodge. A later rental dated 1720 has Richard Richardson junior paying £31-8-14 in two instalments for his home in New Park.
Felkirk parish registers have these details; Richard Richardson a farmer of Brierley Lodge died there aged 88 in April 1804. A Richard Richardson the son of Richard Richardson was baptised on the 30th. June 1751 and a John Richardson was baptised on the 24th. March 56.
Brierley Tithe Apportionment Award dated 1840 has John Richardson occupying plot 364 owned by George Savile Foljambe the then Lord of Brierley Manor. The map with this award shows the plot to be Brierley Lodge.
The 1841 census has John Richardson aged about 50 with his wife and three children living at Brierley Lodge with two live in labourers.
Then in 1881 Brierley Lodge was occupied by a widower Elymas? Hewson aged 61 who was born in Tetney near Cleethorpes. He farmed 120 acres and had a labourer called Henry Stevenson (61) with his wife Jane (65) from Barmby Don living with him.
On the 1901 census John Leybourn aged 27 a farmer born in Brierley was living at Brierley Lodge with his wife Annie aged 24 who was born in East Markham Nottinghamshire, they had a daughter Florence age 5 who was born in Shafton, and one live in labourer Lewis Fletcher age 19 who was born in South Driffield.
By 1904 Carlton Main Colliery were the occupiers of Brierley Lodge and other properties in Brierley and Grimethorpe. In 1919 Colonel Foljambe sold many of his farms in the villages, these included Brierley Lodge Farm with 90 acres of land.
Sidlow’s Wood House, New Park Spring, Brierley.
on the road into New Park Brierley from
Great Houghton would serve as a gate house to the estate. The site may
been occupied from the creation of
In papers held at Nottingham University Library, dated 1639 relating to a coal mine in Brierley there is a page of accounts for the sale of wood in the year 1639. These refer to Spring Wood. The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary defines spring wood as a copse of young trees or a plantation enclosed to keep game. As in Brierley New Park.
is a copy with a transcript in which the
original spellings have been retained.
Anacounte of the monney that hath bene Reseyved
for Wood and barkes this year 1639-
Reseyved of John Hobson. Richard Marshall
& othars for thre Acars & one Roude
Reseyved Moare of John hobson Richard
the Barkes -- y-weare pilled of the wood
y- waere felled for the palle use ye
charges; deducted for Loadinge & stacking
makin of the same,-
Reseyved of the tennants of Shafton for
halfe Acar of bouse,-
Reseyved of Rennall Steade for one Roud
Reseyved of John Beamond and othars
one Acar of baues in ye Springe
Reseyved of Mr Thomars Wentworth
othars for one hallfe Acar of bowes
Reseyved Moare of John Beamonde and
othars for one roude of Bouse 0-5-0
Brierley Manor Rentals do not list Wood house but it would be too small an estate to be named.
Rentals. These rentals were payable at Martinmas. Grimethorpe was
Henry Shircliff sen. £16-04-00
Henry Shircliff Jun. £10-16-00
Richard Stone £13-10-00
John Marshall Jun £24-13-00
Godfrey Green Abbott £21-09-00
John Marshall Ferry Moor £8-06-00
John Bamford S- Walks £9-18-00
Richard Howell £10-04-00
Richard Stone £2-14-04
Thomas Walker £3-04-06
Richard Richardson £10-01-07 (Brierley/Grimethorpe Lodge ?)
Thomas Andrew £2-15-00
Widow Walker £0-08-08
New Park is not mentioned and the rents are payable at Whitsun and Martinmas.
John Hoyland Ferry Moor Farm £0-06-00 £8-08-00
John Bamford £9-15-06 £9-15-06
Richard Richardson Jun. £14-12-00 £14-12-00
Richard Hood £2-14-04 £2-14-04
Thomas Walker £3-04-06 £3-04-06
Richard Richardson’s son £15-14-07 £15-14-07
Thomas Andrew £2-15-00 £2-15-00
Thomas Gibson £0-06-08 £0-06-08
(Manor House) £43-13-04
Jefferies detailed map of the area dated
1775 shows the wood in
Tithe Award survey of 1840 shows New Park
Spring as a wood of 101 acres owned by George Savile Foljambe. The same
shows the land and a building on the site of the Wood House as Wood
Close but lists
no occupants. George Jarret Horsefall occupied the Manor House owned by
Savile Foljambe and farmed Wood Close which then covered about 6 acres
described as grass land. It is possible that Wood House was inhabited
time as tenants not paying tithes were not recorded.
On the 1841
census following the
John Trought aged
70? an Agricultural
Moses Trout aged 25 an Agricultural Labourer
Mary Trout aged 36
The next entry is Margaret Addy a Farmer at Grimethorpe.
a very rare surname. There were only sixty
people with the name in
The Ordnance Survey 6” map dated 1856 clearly shows New Park Spring as a wood, and shows the Wood House just to the south of New Park, on the path from Grimethorpe via Wood Lane to Great Houghton.
On the 1861 census following Brierley Lodge there is Wood House with;
Samuel Tomlinson aged 40 (?) a Wood Man born in Letwell Notts. (Just on the Yorks. border near Worksop)
Martha his wife aged 41 born in Worksop Notts.
Sherad his son aged 14 born at Stonegate Hill Huntington
William another son aged 11 born in Worksop Notts.
Denis the third son aged 1 born at Wood House Yorkshire.
The next homestead is Next Ferry Moor Farm.
On the 1881 census following Brierley Lodge there is a homestead at New Park Spring occupied by;
Sherad Tomlinson aged 34 born at Huntingdon, York. Occupation Woodman
Mary his wife aged 33 born in Darfield parish
Sherad his son aged 10 born in Darfield
Mary his Daughter aged 9 born in Felkirk parish
Samuel his second son aged 8 born in Felkirk
Elizabeth his second daughter aged 6 born in Felkirk
Edith his third daughter aged 8 months born in Felkirk.
Darfield and Felkirk parishes met at the stream near the Wood House. The next homestead listed is Ferry Moor Farm.
nearest neighbours were the Siddons family at
Park Field House Farm near Little Park on the border of
Great Houghton and Little Houghton. In
Grimethorpe village there was the family of
Sherad Lamb aged 54 a Woodman born in Markham Clinton,
On 29th. October 1919 most of the Foljambe’s estates in Brierley were sold. Carlton Main Colliery Co. were the major purchases of this land.
A smallholding of 21 acres with a small homestead to the south of New Park Spring occupied by Mr. F. Hibbert was among the items up for sale. He paid a rent of £20 per year. This would be the Wood House plus Wood Close and probably two adjoining closes called Holmes and Bottoms to make up the 21 acres.
two later closes were covered by the growing
spoil heap of Grimethorpe Colliery by the late 1950’s. This would be
the part of the reason
for the abandoning of the Wood House. The remoteness of the house and
the difficulty of supplying modern amenities such as running
fresh water and mains electricity would be another factor. The Sidlow
18th. January 2006