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 Properties - Elisha's Farm


Although this farm no longer exists, and the present day church of St. Bartholomew now stands on the site of Elisha’s Farm, it’s name can be found on the 1841 census. At this time it was occupied by:

Richard Smallbone - aged 62 - a farmer
Mary Smallbone     - aged 62
James Challis         - aged 9      and
Samuel Holloway    - aged 48 - a papermaker (journeyman)

Mr. Richard and Mary Smallbones (note the extra ‘s’) do appear on the terrier of the 1839 Tithe Map of Arborfield and the fields are named, as shown on the map of the farm. The land at this time was owned by John Walter Esq. See No. 45 on the map below:

There is no mention of either Elisha’s Farm or Richard and Mary Smallbone on the 1851 census, although a Charles Smallbone is described as a “visitor” at Bartletts Farm. He was a man of 46 years of age and his occupation is recorded as a “Farmer’s Son”. Perhaps there is a connection?

For comparison, here's a section of map (on a different alignment) showing St. Bartholomew's Church with Brick Kiln Coppice alongside.

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