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Cold Arbour Farm

Cold Arbour Farm 1960

Formerly a farmhouse. C16 origins, C17 additions and mid C18 alterations. Originally located off Clarke Lane, Kerridge, but since construction of the Silk Road it is now access from Springwood Way, Tytherington. 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.

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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 and was sold in 1933 with sitting tenant Joseph Jackson. 

Census results:

Cold Arbor Farm sales catalogue 1933
Cold Arbor Farm sales catalogue 1933

1841: The occupier of Cold Arbour farm as James Baguley together with his wife, Sarah, and 9 of their children. It is probable that the family had been at Cold Arbour since the mid 1820’s, since it is known that at least two of the children had been born in Tytherington between 1825 and 1829.

James Baguley was born in Macclesfield in 1797 and his wife, Sarah Scragg, was born in Over Alderley in or around 1797. The couple were married at Prestbury in 1819, and between 1820 and 1842 the couple produced 13 children.

1851: James, now aged 54, and Sarah, also aged 54, were resident at Cold Arbour together with four of their children – Elizabeth (16); Abigail (14); Joseph (10) and Frances (8). Also resident were John Beck, a 16 year old farm labourer, and Mary Ann Warren (30), James’s eldest daughter, with her son, William (2), visiting her parents from her home in Wolstanton, Staffordshire. George Brooke, aged 70 of Bollington was described as a lodger.

James’s wife, Sarah, died in 1853 and thereafter his fortunes seemed to go downhill. In 1861, he was working as a labourer and staying with his daughter, Mary Ann Warren, in Wolstanton, and in 1871 he was in Morley, near Wilmslow, together with his daughter, Abigail, and again working as a labourer. James died in Morley in 1873.

Isaac Lucas 1804-1880

After James Baguley left the farm in the 1850’s, Cold Arbour farm was taken over by Isaac Lucas (left) and his wife Matilda née Mottershead. Isaac Lucas was born on 3rd January 1804, probably at Sugar Lane Farm, Adlington. He was the illegitimate son of Betty Lucas and grandson of Andrew Lucas and his wife Dorothy Sellers who were mainly responsible for his upbringing. He was baptised at St Peter’s Church, Prestbury on 26th February 1804. He received a good education and was supported to some degree by Edward Downes of Shrigley Hall, who was a patron of Isaac’s school.

Isaac’s wife, Matilda Mottershead, was born in Bollington in 1802 and was a daughter of Edmund Mottershead and his wife Catherine Spencer, who had married at Prestbury in 1801. Matilda married Isaac at Prestbury in 1825.

Isaac was a leading light in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and he was a well-known local auctioneer – a profession he continued after moving to Cold Arbour. The couple had lived on High Street for many years previously, and their youngest daughter, Hannah Dorothy, married Joseph Warburton, the watch & clockmaker of Palmerston Street.

1861: Isaac (aged 57) was described as an Auctioneer and Farmer. Also resident at Cold Arbour were his wife, Matilda (59); daughter Anne (23); son Joseph (18); grandson Isaac (6); James Warren (19) a carter; Joseph Partington (18) dairyman, and Mary Bayley (19) a milkmaid.

1871: Isaac (aged 67) is still described as an Auctioneer and farmer. Current residents were wife Matilda (69); daughter Hannah (25); daughter Matilda (31); grandson Isaac, a kitchen hand (16); grandson John H Lucas (3); granddaughter Elizabeth Lucas (5); James Trafford (36) farm servant, and Thomas Horrocks (18) farm servant.

Isaac’s wife, Matilda, died in 1877 aged 75 and Isaac himself died in September 1880 at the age of 76, and probate was granted to Joseph Lucas (son) and James Jackson (Farmer). James Jackson was Isaac’s son-in-law, having married Isaac’s daughter, Anne Lucas in 1862 at Prestbury, and James Jackson now took over the farm. Prior to moving to Cold Arbour, James and Anne had been running the Bulls Head inn in Kettleshulme. James’s wife, Anne, died in 1883, and in 1886 James remarried to Sarah Mottershead.

1881: One of the workers on the farm was Joseph Lucas, aged 16, and a grandson of Isaac. Joseph Jackson, nephew of James, who took over the farm when James died was actually James Mottershead, his mother having been Jane Mottershead. Is it possible (likely?) that there was a close family link between Jane, Sarah and Matilda the above three Mottershead ladies?

1891: James Jackson and his wife were still at the farm and his ten year old nephew, Joseph Jackson, was still 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 46 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



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. And also to John Medley on his extensive contribution to the census records.

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