THE Sale of church farm, FISHLAKE        1904
 

 

 
 

SALE BY AUCTION : FEBRUARY 1904 AT THE GUILD HALL DONCASTER - THE ESTATES OF THE EARL OF CREWE.

BY

FAREBROTHER, ELLIS, EGERTON, BREACH AND CO. AUCTIONEERS AND LAND AGENTS, 29 FLEET STREET, TEMPLE BAR, LONDON

 

Robert Offley Ashburton Milnes was born in London in 1858. His father was the first Baron Houghton, of Fryston, near Pontefract. Robert’s mother, was descended from the ancient Crewe family whose roots in Cheshire go back to the twelfth century. Robert’s maternal grandfather was the second Baron Crewe and when his bachelor uncle, the third Baron Crewe died in 1894, Robert inherited the whole of his uncle’s extensive Crewe estates.

Lord Crewe married society beauty, 18 year old Lady Margaret Etienne Hannah Primrose, in 1899 and decided to live permanently at Crewe Hall in Cheshire. Crewe Hall became his principal residence until his death in 1945. In 1904 he placed all his Yorkshire estates up for sale.

The sale took place over 4 days - Tuesday 9th February until Friday 12th February at The Guildhall, in Frenchgate, Doncaster. The sale included some very valuable property, including Bawtry Hall, The Crown Hotel and Fryston Hall, but bidding was slow and several lots failed to meet the reserve price on the day.

On the 11th February large areas of land and premises in Fishlake were included in the sale and some of the details set out in this short article are from copies of the auction sale particulars retained at Balby Archives, Doncaster.

The plan shown below represents only part of the land included in the auction sale, but I have chosen to look at the land shown coloured green in more detail as it is represents, what was then known as, Church Farm. Church Farm no longer exists - modern residential housing now occupies the site.

 

 

 

Church Farm (Pt 27).is described in the auction particulars as a ”Desirable Freehold Holding with Homestead and Cottages amounting to 37 acres 0 roods and 27 perches.”  

 

  

 

 The description of the farm itself is as follows:

 

CAPITAL FARM–HOUSE AND BUILDINGS

Comprising

DWELLINGHOUSE

Containing on the Upper Floors - Four Bed Rooms and Attic

On the Ground Floor - Sitting Room, Kitchen, Dairy, Pantry etc.

THE FARM BUILDINGS

are brick and tile built, and comprise Barn, Three-stalled Stable, Cow-house for ten cows, Two Loose Boxes, a Two- bayed Cattle Shed, Three Bayed Cart Shed, Brew-house and Four Piggeries with Rick Yard etc.”

The photograph below (undated) shows, what I believe to be, the extent of the buildings described. At our Fishlake History Society meeting in June 2017, a local resident was able to identify them as follows:

A - Church Farm - dwelling house   B - Two bay cattle shed                  C - Barn and stable                               D – Piggeries.