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Cold Arbour Farm

Cold Arbour Farm 1960

Formerly a farmhouse. C16 origins, C17 additions and mid C18 alterations. Kerridge stone-slate roof, stone ridge, a brick and a stone chimney. Coursed, squared buff sandstone rubble.  L-shaped in plan with internal cross passage, with former farm building to the right. Near central 8-panelled door (partly with moulded hexagons) under stone lintel with mullioned and transomed iron, small pane window immediately above, under cambered stone head. 2-storey, 3-bay north front with rough stone cambered heads with a prominent keystone in end bays, lower storeys holding 4-light fixed small pane iron casements with small 6-light openings. Similar blocked opening above to left only. To the left, the gabled parlour wing has been extended to the barn but shows a small circular light. Interior: Main room has massive chamfered beam with carved stops. Rooms to left of cross passage have exposed small-framed, timber partitions.  Other rooms have lighter chamfered beams with flat stops. Mid C18 turned baluster stair in cross passage and part of stone ladder to former hayloft. Robert Henry Heppinstall owned the farm in 1849 according to the Tithe map and the occupier was James Baguley.

Cold Arbour Farm was originally accessed from Clarke lane (see photo right) but since modern roads and new estates have grown around it, it`s access is now off Springwood Way.

Entrance was originally off Clark Lane, on the left before the chevron sign

In the aerial view (photo left) you can see the original drive marked with a red line, now lying under the Silk Road. Cold Arbour or Arbor as it was sometimes known, was once part of the Hurdsfield Estate (see photo below left) and was sold in 1933 with sitting tenant Joseph Jackson. 

Cold Arbor Farm sales catalogue 1933

Census results:

1881: James Jackson lived at the farm at this time.

1891: James and his wife were still at the farm and by now his ten year old nephew Joseph Jackson was living with them having moved in in 1886 at the age of four years.

1901: James Jackson now aged sixty three was still living at Cold Arbour Farm with his wife Sarah aged fifty three years. James was a Farmer. Also living with them was his nephew Joseph Jackson now aged twenty years.

1911: Nephew Joseph Jackson was now head of the farm aged thirty years a farmer from Butley. His wife Sarah was about the same age. They had two daughters Dorothy Jane aged two years and baby Edith Mary. Also resident was Mary Frances Shaw aged forty six years from Barley in Cheshire and a servant William Henry Leese aged eighteen and from Cellorhead in Staffordshire.

1939: Joseph and Sarah Jackson were still living at Cold Arbour Farm with a dairymaid, their daughter Edith M. Jackson. Also Elizabeth A. Cooper a widow aged seventy three and possibly formerly of Hobson Farm Clarke Lane and also had lived at Cold Arbour Farm. Also living there was Alex. C Sutton along with her one year old daughter Jennifer. 


Listed building NGR:  https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1138960


Our thanks go specifically to Linda Stewart who has researched census and other information to present an interesting history of local people and properties.

Our thanks go to all those who researched and discovered the history that is presented in these pages. Please read the full acknowledgement of their remarkable achievement.

Also many thanks to Steve Jackson for his information.

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