Farm Names

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Posted by Robert Dilley on January 20, 2006 at 20:50:50 from user rdilley.

In Reply to: Re: Signs of the Times - Malta Post/Telegraph Service posted by Jon on January 20, 2006 at 14:26:12:

It was/is not uncommon for farms to be named after their owners. "Dixon's" may well have been its name -- in full more likely "Dixon's Farm" or "Dixon Ground". I photographed a farm gate near Windermere, "Atkinson Ground," which would be known locally as "Atkinson's". Around there is a "Gilpin Farm", a "Bateman Fold" and, nearer Hawkshead, a "Walker Ground" (did John turn to farming after leaving the Navy?). Can't have been Roger, as nearby there is a "Roger Ground".

It may be a little odd that the farms were all occupied by famers of the same name as the farm -- but the Dixons, for example, may have been at the farm for three of four generations.

This practice is not confined to the Lake District. On the Shotley Peninsula in Suffolk where I was at boarding school (Pinmill territory) there was a Knight's Farm and a Hubbard's Hall Farm.

Incidentally, I notice that the on-line Ordnance Survey maps have "Pin Mill" (two words) at 1:50 000 and "Pinmill" (one word) at 1:25 000. ("Woolverstone" also changes to "Wolverstone").

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