Documents relating to Iwerne Manor, Iwerene, Dorset

Scope and Content

Contains: Field accounts of Iwerne Manor, 1922-1928; notes of J H Ismay and the Iwerne Manor Estate c1966

Administrative / Biographical History

J.H. Ismay (1867-1930), having left the family shipping business of Ismay, Imre and co., purchased Iwerne Manor in 1908 from Lord Wolverton. He spent considerable sums of money on buildings, cottages and equipment and earned a reputation as a breeder of dairy shorthorn cattle, pigs and chickens. His accounting system was detailed and analytical, based to a large extent on the individual field. There is a strong possibility that Ismay's farming was experimental. Using empirical methods, he established new systems which drastically modified traditional regional practice. For additional information see FR DOR 2/2/1

Farm size: About 400 acres; chalk loam and down; owner-occupied




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Open for consultation

Acquisition Information

Presented on permanent loan 11 July 1966 by the National Institute for Research in Dairying (Farm Records Accession Number 65 )


Compiled by Caroline Gould, February 2003

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

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