Farm was the manor house to Tottleworth, and part of the Area of Great
Harwood, rather than to Rishton. Owned by the Hesketh family of Rufford,
they sold this and several of the cottages to the Petre family of the
Dunkenhalgh estate in 1819.
The arms of the Fyttons of Martholme, formerly lords of the
manor of Gt. Harwood and of Tottleworth in Rishton, were
represented by three wheat sheaves.1
This picture was taken
around the turn of 1900 and unfortunately doesn’t show Tithe Barn that is
The history of the Hesketh
Family of Rufford can be found here;
You may note that the
window on the left has been replaced by Georgian window but the dripstone
still remains. Unlike other houses of the time there was no porch.
The main building hasn't changed much even to this day,
the lintels and building remain the same, although the trees have been
removed from the original photo at the top of this page.
picture to the left shows the farm building in February 2002.
The building has been split into two separate
properties now, the chimneys on the roof being the easiest way to define
the split in the property.
The barn across from the house will have changed
greatly over the years and as of the year 1998 has been used as stables.
I believe this may be Tithe Barn, although I do not
know the significance of it, I am sure someone will tell me!
The farm house has been split in to several houses now,
taking the number 9 and 10, which A demolition order was served on the
original cottages on the 6th June 1937.
Mr. R. K. Thwistlewaite was registered under the Milk
and Diaries Consolidation Act 1915, to carry out the trade of milk
purveyor at Manor House Farm, Tottleworth on the 13th October 1938.
On the 10th January 1944, J. Lucas applied for a
licence under the Milk and Dairies Order 1926, to carry on the trade of
cow keeper and retail purveyor of milk at Manor House Farm, Rishton.
History of the Parish of Saint James, Church Kirk, by The
Reverend R. J. W. Bevan and Victor G. Palmer, 2nd
remembered by Kathleen Broderick