The HARFIELD FARM, HENDRED, BERKSHIRE, THE ROOKERY, HENWICK, BERKSHIRE, SNELSMORE FARM, DONNINGTON, BERKSHIRE, ASHFIELDS FARM, NEWBURY BERKSHIRE COLLECTION

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Contains: Day book recording sales of livestock 1884-1912; general ledgers containing farming accounts 1866-1929; sale catalogue of the farming stock of Harfield Farm, Hendred, near Wantage, Berkshire 1889

Administrative / Biographical History

The farms were occupied by Joseph Hobbs, by his son George Hobbs and by the donor. Joseph Hobbs began as a butcher/dealer in Newbury, Berkshire at the age of eighteen. He thrived and by 1890 owned several farms and other estates, and commanded considerable capital. At one stage over 1,600 acres were in his possession. He died in 1912. Most of the farmland has now (September, 1966) been sold, with the exception of Snelsmore Farm

Arrangement

1. BOOKS OF ACCOUNT

2. CATALOGUES

Conditions Governing Access

Open for consultation

Acquisition Information

Presented on permanent deposit 7 November 1965 by K. Hobbs (Farm Records Accession Number 41)

Note

Compiled by Caroline Gould, January 2003

Other Finding Aids

A detailed catalogue is available at the Museum of English Rural Life

Conditions Governing Use

Please contact the Archivist

Subjects