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18th and 19th Centuries

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For most of this period Treeton was a small farming village. Several of these farms survive today, many were still working farms within living memory, and two are still such to this day.

Jackson's Farm - on Cockholme (Station Road), home today and for over 100 years of the Foers family.
Manor Farm - at the junction of Front Street and Washfield lane, once the demesne (estate) farm of the Manor House, now a private dwelling with barn conversions and a small local business.
Woodlands Farm - Converted to dwellings only in the first years of the 21st century.
Glebe Farm - Glebe House on Front Street was the farm building.
Old Flatts Farm - Flatts Lane, still a working farm and long in the possession of the Moody family, who took over the farm in 1889 when William Moody married Sarah, the daughter of the then owner Isaac Law.
Spa Farm - An outlying farmstead to the East of the village beyond Bole Hill. The house is 19th Century, but the farm buildings are certainly older. The medicinal spring was developed by the Westby family of Guilthwaite Hall, who also owned Spa Farm.  The spring is still used as a water source today.

John Fisher's history cites some twenty-four names of farmers and smallholders from 1792 [part 1, page 26] but sadly at the time he wrote in the late 1960's no family of any of the names listed was known to him in the village.

Another major industry for Treetoners of the early 18th century was bark peeling. After coppicing of the trees in Treeton Wood the bark was peeled in two foot lengths around the full circumference of the tree, with women and children handling the smaller branches, known as 'sticking bark'. After being stacked and dried the bark was then sold off for the tanning of leather for shoes, horse-harnesses, saddlery, etc.

 

 

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