Farms in the middle of Baldock

from "Baldock Voices", edited by Maureen Maddren, Egon Publishing 1991

[Before the First World War] there was a farm in Church Street (Waterloo Farm) – some people called Logsdon had it and every day the cows from the farm used to come up the twitchell up into Jackson Street, cross Jackson Street and up into Football Close. Then up into what we called the Turnpike and graze on the field up there – in between the Turnpike and the Royston Road – they greazed all day and came back at night.

Butchers used to kill in the town – Coopers had a slaughter yard in what we used to call Brewery Yard. I believe it’s called Brewery Lane now. Deans used to kill in the bottom of our road (Orchard Road) at a place at the back. Worbeys had a slaughterhouse up Pesthouse Lane near where the garage is, in a shed in a field. Five butchers we had and four or five bakers, and Mr Izzard used to do a bit of cooking in Pembroke Road. It was a nice little community.

Mr Cooper had the place in Brewery Yard. We’d sometimes help drive the cows in and we used to let one go now and again just for the fun of it and that used to run all around and we’d chase it, but the butchers didn;t like them running around if they were about to slaughter them ‘cos is made them tough.

The farms in the town were New Farm (where Brandles Close now is) and Waterloo Farm in Church Street. If we had to go to there and get a hap’orth of milk before we went to school we knew we were going to have milk pudding for dinner. The Longsdons were church people. They kept cows there at the back and they would be taken to neighbouring fields during the day and brought back to be milked in the afternoon and, of course, wherever they went, there was a mess. You can see from the old photographs where the horses had been along the roads. 

My father used to graze our horses in front of the old mansion stood in the Park, which is  now the site of Tesco’s. When I was about 5 years old in 1916 the elm trees came down during a gale smashing out front windows and fence in Pinnocks Lane and I had glass in my hair. The meadow opposite, where the trees came down, was used for the horses which were let out from Heath Hall Farm.

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  • Hi Paul
    I have looked up Mercy & I believe she was born in Litlington, my relations to have a connection there.
    I have left my details so please contact at your leisure.
    Regards

    John Rayment

    By John Rayment (04/10/2021)
  • Hi Paul
    Thanks for your comment.
    Readers can contact you via admin@hertsmemories.org.uk
    I will pass on any messages.
    Thanks, Editor

    By Marion Hill (05/10/2021)
  • Hi there, my grandfather Raymond Quin is shown the the 1914 photo at Letchworth Station. I note he has been identified with ‘Quin’ having two “n”s though. He was the 14 year old buglar who survived the war.
    I also note John Rayment’s comments regarding family involvement and am interested to know whether we have any connection, as my maternal grandmother’s (Mercy – born 1895) side of the family were Rayments too.
    Any communication on the subject most welcome.
    Regards,
    Paul Quin

    By Paul Quin (02/02/2021)
  • I been researching my family tree over the last few days & during this found out he work for G F Deans of Baldock & searching for this Agricultural Contractor I, m pleased to see the name appear in this Voices of Baldock story so am wondering if you can point me to any further history of this company. My uncle was a steam engine plough man he larger work at the brewery in Royston.
    Many thanks

    John Rayment

    By John Rayment (01/02/2021)