Thurmaston Heritage Group Glebe Farm

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Glebe Farm - Melton Road Side.
White building on map.



Glebe Farm - Back Door.
White building on map.


Glebe Farm from Melton Road.
White building on map.



Farm Buildings - Unicorn Street.
Pink buildings on map.


Farm Yard Building.
Orange building on map.


Horse Tackle.



Farm Building.
Yellow building on map.



Farm Buildings - Unicorn St. behind.
Pink buildings on map.


Farm Building - toward Melton Rd.
Pink buildings on map.



Farm cart.



Horse ploughs.


Extendable horse rake.




This series of photographs, which were taken by Mark Gamble in 1983, show various aspects of Glebe Farm, a property that had been home to the Winterton family, who were farmers in Thurmaston for several generations.

Melville & Company's Directory and Gazetteer of Leicestershire, published in 1854, records the names of several farming families in Thurmaston. Amongst their number were Thomas Allen, John Preston Genevay, Samuel Bishop, and David Bates; farmers and graziers. The latter was also the victualler of the Harrow public house. Two of Thurmaston's other public houses were also kept by agriculturalists, local grazier William Dalby kept the Unicorn and Star, whilst the Roebuck was kept by John Tebbs. There were others too, the Lane family, William Lander, and also one Henry Winterton.

Henry Winterton was the son of Daniel Winterton, who had farmed in Thurmaston from at least the 1840's. Daniel had been born during the reign of George III, in around 1774, in the parish of Barrow-upon-Soar. This was also the birthplace of his son Henry, who was born in 1816.

Henry Winterton married Elizabeth Tebbs in 1844, and his son Daniel, named after his grandfather, was born in Thurmaston three years' later, in 1847. By the 1850's Henry Winterton was farming 130 acres of land and employing four labourers. In 1861 he employed three men and two boys; whilst the Winterton household included 3 farm servants, a carter, a cow man, and a dairy maid.

By 1881 Henry's son, Daniel Winterton, had taken over the lion's share of the family's farming activities within the parish. Henry Winterton farmed 45 acres of land, whilst son Daniel farmed 80 acres, the upkeep of which employed three men and two boys. In 1882, with the death of his father, Daniel Winterton took over the farming of his father's acreage; Daniel was also married that same year. Like those who had farmed in the parish before him, Daniel Winterton also had other interests. In 1891 the 44 years' old farmer was also working as the surveyor to Thurmaston's parish board. The board, run by twelve men, was responsible for governing the affairs of the parish, as it had been from 1851, the year it was established. Daniel Winterton's work as a surveyor was probably bound up in the fact that farmers were invariably skilled at carrying out field surveys, conducted by the use of measuring chains.

In 1891 Glebe Farm was not just the home of Daniel Winterton; it was also the abode of his wife, Alice, and the couple's three daughters, their son and a domestic servant. Daniel Winterton and his wife would have two more sons, the youngest of whom, Philip Dan Winterton, who was born in 1900, would farm at Glebe Farm. Philip Winterton, who had served in the Royal Navy during the Great War, died in 1978, and by 1983 the Winterton family were making arrangements to sell their farm. The farm house still stands, but all the outbuildings shown in the photographs were demolished.

The outbuildings housed an interesting array of farming implements, horse tackle, and the paraphernalia of a bygone age.



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