Master Barn Farm, Rishton

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Street: Hermitage Street
Town: Rishton
Post Code: BB1 4NL
Aerial photo of the area of Master Barn Farm from the year 2000. (Picture from Google Earth).
Master Barn farm house in May 2001.
Visible Image - Master Barn Farm in May 2001.
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Hidden Image 2 - The former Donkey track for the butter churn, more recently used as a dog kennel.

Master Barn Farm is situated inHermitage Street, and was owned for many years by the Sutcliffe family. The last of the family line to work the farm, David, retired in 2001, the Dunkenhlagh selling the farm building and renting the farm land to the Threlfall's ofHolt Farm. The farm buildings were sold separately.

Master Barn Farm consisted of a milking shed, double story barn, and the farm house, as well as a newer barn which backed onto thecanal.

There was a milk churn in the farm yard, where butter was made, and loading bays for the loading of muck from the midden into the muck spreaders, and milk into the milk floats etc.

The farm and farm yard have remained unchanged for many years here and it is still possible to see the original tracks for the butter churn, and all the original buildings.

The circular track in the yard was used by a donkey or goat, which would walk in circles until the butter was ready. Some say that this was constructed in the 19th century, as it lies on the road of the turnpike until it was diverted in 1826.

Master Barn Farm.
Visible Image 1 - Master Barn Farm in the snow, looking from Wharf Street.
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Hidden Image - Master Barn Farm yard in May 2001.

The farm house building was built in 1861 byHenry Petre of the Dunkenhalgh estate as the East White House, at what time the farmer started using it for his house is unclear.

The farm existed long before this date, showing on early maps, but being set back from the road.

The original farm house was attached to the end of the barn, and was later used as a milking shed.

This was the location of Rishton's Tithe Barn. Once it was 30 acres of arable land with 13 acres of meadow. There was another 20 acres of pasture and 2 acres of woodland.

The tithe was sold toJudge Thomas Walmsley in 1601 for £40 byRalph Rishton.

A farm house was first erected in 1675, which was incorporated into the agricultural buildings.

Barn 2003
Visible Image 1 - Original Farm building as seen in April 2003. This was the farm house before the West White house was built.
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Hidden Image 2 - The date stone for the West White House, dated 1861.

On the 1st June 1939, theRishton Urban District Council served notice on Master Barn Farm under Section 75 of the Public Health Act 1936, Requiring the property to be furnished with a dustbin.

In September 1990, A dairy cow chose the worst possible moment to give birth - as firemen tackled a raging blaze in the barn next door. They used gallons of water to keep the flames away from the calving shed at the farm, and as soon as she gave birth she was moved to safety.

The barn was lowered to a single story building after this fire, a difference which can be seen in the photographs on this page.

The farm had a unique right to the canal, being the only farm which didn't have to pay any fees to the canal waterways for transferring cattle along the towpath. This was because of the fact that the section of tow path that the farm uses is a public footpath, and fees are not chargeable for the use of footpaths.

Master Barn Farm 2003
Visible Image 1 - Master Barn Farms main barn after a fire reduced the height by half.
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Hidden Image 2 - The loading bay at the front of the Barn in April 2003.

Sadly in June 2003 the farm was put up for sale by the trustees of the Dunkenhalgh Estates, Ingham and Yorkes. The For Sale sign was removed a month later but as of October 2003 there were no changes at the farm. Work started on the building in early 2004. The rendering and slates from the building were knocked off and the random stone work which the building was made in, pointed with sand and cement. New doors and windows were fitted, suitably styled to match the buildings age.

New Build

During 2007 the barn and cattle shed were demolished and new building work commenced on the site.

On Thursday 30th August 2007, Plans for four new buildings were deferred while ecologists consider the results of a bat survey.

Bats are a protected species and Hyndburn Council officials needed to consider the impact of the building work at Master Barn Farm on any bat colonies that may be roosting nearby.

During 2008 and 2009 a new property was built adjacent to the main road, filling in a gap in the houses.

Previous Tenants

1841

Christened: Name: Ellen BLAKEY Age: 35 Date of Birth: 1806 Birth Place: Yes Relationship: Occupation: F.L. Married on: Address: Master Barn, Telephone: Died at: Burial Date: Cremated? Burial No: Grave Ref: Notes: No Image on file. Reference:

1841

Christened: Name: Doctor GRIMSHAW Age: 50 Date of Birth: 1791 Birth Place: Yes Relationship: Occupation: do Married on: Address: Master Barn, Telephone: Died at: Burial Date: Cremated? Burial No: Grave Ref: Notes: No Image on file. Reference:

1841

Christened: Name: James GRIMSHAW Age: 65 Date of Birth: 1776 Birth Place: Yes Relationship: Occupation: Farmer Married on: Address: Master Barn, Telephone: Died at: Burial Date: Cremated? Burial No: Grave Ref: Notes: No Image on file. Reference:

1851

Christened: Name: Elizabeth Pickles Age: 7 Date of Birth: 1847 Birth Place: Clayton Le Moors Relationship: Daughter Occupation: Scholar Married on: Address: Master Barn, Hermitage Street Telephone: Died at: Burial Date: Cremated? Burial No: Grave Ref: Notes: No Image on file. Reference:

1851

Christened: Name: Catherine Pickles Age: 10 Date of Birth: 1841 Birth Place: Clayton Le Moors Relationship: Daughter Occupation: Scholar Married on: Address: Master Barn, Hermitage Street Telephone: Died at: Burial Date: Cremated? Burial No: Grave Ref: Notes: No Image on file. Reference:

1851

Christened: Name: Alice Pickles Age: 13 Date of Birth: 1838 Birth Place: Clayton Le Moors Relationship: Daughter Occupation: Cotton Weaver Married on: Address: Master Barn, Hermitage Street Telephone: Died at: Burial Date: Cremated? Burial No: Grave Ref: Notes: No Image on file. Reference:

1851

Christened: Name: William Pickles Age: 15 Date of Birth: 1836 Birth Place: Clayton Le Moors Relationship: Son Occupation: Farmers Son Married on: Address: Master Barn, Hermitage Street Telephone: Died at: Burial Date: Cremated? Burial No: Grave Ref: Notes: No Image on file. Reference:

1851

Christened: Name: Ellen Pickles Age: 17 Date of Birth: 1834 Birth Place: Clayton Le Moors Relationship: Daughter Occupation: Dressmaker Married on: Address: Master Barn, Hermitage Street Telephone: Died at: Burial Date: Cremated? Burial No: Grave Ref: Notes: spelt BANISTER No Image on file. Reference:

1851

Christened: Name: Robert Pickles Age: 24 Date of Birth: 1827 Birth Place: Preston Relationship: Son Occupation: Farmers Son Married on: Address: Master Barn, Hermitage Street Telephone: Died at: Burial Date: Cremated? Burial No: Grave Ref: Notes: No Image on file. Reference:

1851

Christened: Name: Ellen Pickles Age: 48 Date of Birth: 1803 Birth Place: Walmsley Relationship: Wife Occupation: Farmer Wife Married on: Address: Master Barn, Hermitage Street Telephone: Died at: Burial Date: Cremated? Burial No: Grave Ref: Notes: No Image on file. Reference:

1851

Christened: Name: Thomas Pickles Age: 51 Date of Birth: 1800 Birth Place: Rishton Relationship: Head Occupation: Farmer of 58 Acres. Married on: Address: Master Barn, Telephone: Died at: Burial Date: Cremated? Burial No: Grave Ref: Notes: No Image on file. Reference:

1947

Christened: Name: Henry W. Sutcliffe Age: Date of Birth: Birth Place: Relationship: Occupation: Farmer Married on: Address: Master Barn farm, Hermitage Street Telephone: Died at: Burial Date: Cremated? Burial No: Grave Ref: Notes: No Image on file. Reference:

References

128 Lancashire Telegraph Newsquest International
  • Friday, April 24, 1998 0

143 Rishton UDC Council Minutes Rishton Urban District Council
  • Saturday, April 1, 1939 0 Minutes