The HEATH ROW FARM, HEATH ROW, MIDDLESEX, RECTORY FARM, HESTON, MIDDLESEX, TWO BRIDGE FARM, HARMONDSWORTH, MIDDLESEX COLLECTION

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Contains: sale catalogue of Two Bridge Farm, 1918; cropping book of market garden produce of Heath Row Farm, 1925-1936; labour books of Heath Row Farm, 1896-1910; ledger of Heath Row Farm, 1894-1910; ledger of Rectory Farm, 1920; annual reports of Middlesex Agricultural and Market Garden Association 1908-1916

Administrative / Biographical History

The donor's grandfather, who claimed to have come from Beccles, Suffolk to Middlesex in about 1840 as a hay dealer, farmed successively at Feltham and Bedfont, Middlesex. The donor's father (the W.J. Curtis of these accounts) began farming at Heath Row with 300 in about 1890.

He bought Heath Row Farm in 1917 but because of labour problems, had to rent it out, until his son (H. Curtis) took over the farm in 1925. From 1920-1925, H Curtis had farmed with his brother at Rectory Farm, Heston. Heath Row was sold to the Air Ministry in 1944

Farm size: Heath Row - 150 acres, medium loam on gravel. Occupiers were tenants to the Hunt family until 1917, when W.J. Curtis bought 75 acres for 7, 500. The farm was a large market garden concern.

Arrangement

  • CATALOGUES
  • CROPPING BOOKS
  • LABOUR BOOKS
  • LEDGERS
  • REPORTS

Conditions Governing Access

Open for consultation

Acquisition Information

Presented by H. Curtis, on permanent loan 8 December 1965 (Farm Records Accession Number 315)

Note

Compiled by Caroline Gould, 4 March 2003

Other Finding Aids

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

Conditions Governing Use

Please contact the Archivist

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