Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Brood Mares and Foals.

Brood Mares Crossing.
Before we go on to other historic buildings on White place farm, I would like to point out for purpose fenced fields that were set aside as pastures for the stud mares fall is during the summer months from the early 1920s until the farm became a tuberculin attested establishment in 1936.

The stable lads would bring the mares and foals down from the stud farm at Clievden across the River Thames using a chain ferry, marked on the photograph with "X's." after that period it fell into disuse and became waterlogged, and was swept away during the 1947 flood. There was a ramp up from the riverbank and through a wrought iron gate onto the pasture of White Place Farm.

The first two pastures were right next to the Islet Park Estate of Mr. Wagg a London, Banker. These fields were named "Upper and Lower Gardeners." You can see this indicated on the photo. This

The next two fields were quite some way from the river crossing, and were known as Moor Hall West and East. Later these two fields were used as pastures for dry and in calf heifers and cows will stop they were separate from the main herds, and the Dry Stockman would give them concentrates every day to steam them up before calving.