Mount Pleasant Farm


SP 12773 67017

Mount Pleasant Lane, Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire B95 5NG,

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Pre-New Town Location

Information about this Farm:

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Berrow’s Worcester Journal – Saturday 19th June 1875

Mount Pleasant Farm – To be sold by Auction


Birmingham Daily Post – Thursday 21st September 1893

Moat House Farm – Live and Dead Farming Stock & Faming Implements

Birmingham Daily Post – Saturday 11th May 1918

For Sale The Ipsley Estate  comprising of Arrodale Farm, The Lodge Farm, Greenlands Farm, Oakenshaw Farm, Woodrow Farm and Crabtree Farm – To Sell by Auction

It is likely that a much earlier building stood near the site of Mount Pleasant farm as there is evidence of a moat, the date of which is unknown. (Warwickshire Sites & Monuments Record)

A survey of the Manor of Barrells in 1681 includes ‘The Hill Farme’ which William Cooper (Henley-in-Arden 1946: p183) states is probably Mount Pleasant Farm.

A document [DR225/22] relating to the estate of Robert Knight, dated 1808, lists Hill Farm, Mount Pleasant, and Ullenhall with the tenant James Monro paying £80 per annum for just over 98 acres.

The tithe map and schedule of 1842 shows that the property was still owned by Robert Knight, the occupier being Joseph Yeomans. It looks as though Joseph Yeomans lived at Crowleys Farm and rented a large amount of land and property from the Barrells Estate, sub-letting to others. The 1841 census shows a Henry Coxege(?) living at Mount Pleasant. He was a gamekeeper. Living with him were Elizabeth (14), Scot (10) and John Coxege (7), probably his children; and Harriet Green, who was a trap maker.

The 1851 census shows that William Yeomans, Joseph’s son, was now living at Mount Pleasant and farming the property. His father and mother lived with him, along with brothers John and George who were working on the farm.

In 1856 Mount Pleasant Farm was included in the Barrells Estate sale, the tenant still being William Yeomans. The sale details suggest that the buildings needed to be put in repair [DR57/23]. It was purchased by William Newton and became part of his Barrells Estate.

By 1861 Francis Allen was farming the 200 acres of Mount Pleasant, employing three men and one boy. William Hands was living at the property and farming there in 1871. In 1891 Thomas Wilkins, a shepherd, lived at Mount Pleasant Farm with his wife, Jane, and eight children.

Mount Pleasant Farm was included in the Barrells Estate sale of June 26th 1919. The tenant at this time was Francis Bomber. He was living at the property in 1901, so had been there for a considerable time. He was still farming the property in 1921 (Kelly’s Directory), but the 1924 directory shows that Herbert Hancock had taken over. When his son, Leslie, was seventeen Herbert let him manage the farm by himself and so by 1932 (Kelly’s Directory) Leslie Hancock was running the farm [Ullenhall Parish Magazine Oct 1981].


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