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1861 farms in nottingham

Postby catcrawf3 » Thu Jul 08, 2010 4:33 pm

My great-great grandfather owned a farm in rufford, southwell nottingham. It was 416 acres and he had multiple workers. I am hoping someone will know something about this farm with it being so large. His name was George Stinton Crawford and he was married to Mary Crawford and lived with her and his daughter Ann Crawford in 1861. Any help ill be much appreciated thank you.
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Re: 1861 farms in nottingham

Postby Sylcec » Mon Jul 12, 2010 9:00 am

This is the description of Rufford from Samuel Lewis' Topographical Dictionary of England, 7th edition, 1848:
RUFFORD, an extra-parochial liberty, in the union of Southwell, Hatfield division of the wapentake of Bassetlaw, N. division of the county of Nottingham, 2 miles (S. S. W.) from Ollerton; containing 363 inhabitants. It extends southward from the vicinity of Ollerton, for more than six miles, along the banks of the Rainworth-water, and consists of 10,221 acres. An abbey for Cistercian monks, in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary, was founded here in 1148, by Gilbert, Earl of Lincoln: at the Dissolution it possessed a revenue of £254. 6. 8. The remains have been incorporated into a spacious mansion, situated in a richly-wooded park of 1400 acres; the large hall was altered to its present state in the reign of Elizabeth. An apartment in which his Majesty George IV. slept on one of his visits to the north, when Prince of Wales, is still called the Prince of Wales's bed-room.


Why not contact Nottingham C.C. They have a page on Rufford Country Park:
http://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/home/leisure/countryparks/ruffordcp/historyofrufford.htm and probably have more info.
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