Greensward Lane, Hockley, 2

Pulpits Farm Cottages

By Nathan Bell

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Here is a second picture of the Pulpits Farm Cottage possibly showing the pipes that now house the stream or brook.

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Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Greensward Lane, Hockley, 2' page
This page was added by Nathan Bell on 30/07/2014.
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I have just recently moved into Brooks Cottage and would be most grateful if people could post some more photos of the property and any more history about the cottages, also when they were actually built.

By Chris Tame
On 16/03/2016

As I have previously mentioned before the parish boundary was (is?) located along what is now the footpath (then a track) next to the stream and Pulpits farm was actually originally in South Fambridge with a detached part of Ashingdon the other side of Greensward lane and Hockley to the south west. It was not until after WW2 that South Fambridge became part of Ashingdon.

By B Meldon
On 06/01/2016

The pipes were probably there to pipe the ditch that ran beside the adjacent footpath. In the 1980s my family firm built the doctors surgery on the site, and we had to divert them slightly to allow the building to fit on the land. When the planning application for the surgery was made it was found that the site of the Surgery is actually in Ashingdon parish, as the boundaries wander around all over the place there, and Ashingdon Parish Council actually objected to the surgery being built there. At the time the cottages were nearly derelict and we rapidly moved our site huts from beside it one day, because we noticed that the chimney was swaying about in the wind. The chimney was for an outside bread oven at the end of the building. When we arrived on the site to clear it and fence it off ready to start work there was at least 2 ponies or donkeys living in the cottages. 

Somewhere in my collection I have a picture of the cottages taken in 1899, which I shall post in the future, when I can find it. The road then was often called Greensted or Grinsted Lane on postcards of the area.

Paul Taylor

By Paul Taylor
On 03/01/2016
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