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Glebe Farm

by janet on 1 December 2011 · 5 comments

Glebe Farm, before it burnt down in 1910, was part of the ‘living’ of the Rector of St Mary’s church. The right to appoint the Rector (the advowson) could be bought and sold, and in 1722 it was sold to Kings College Cambridge, who still own it. Consequently, Glebe Farm was also known as College Farm.



Right: Glebe or College Farm, Walkern, in context with the Rectory, and Northend cottages (Beecroft Lane and today’s Glebe View) on the opposite side of the road. 1898 OS map HALS DELsP37



Above: The farmyard of Glebe Farm, Walkern, before the fire of 1910.

This photo was taken looking north from outside the URC chapel – the wall on the near right belongs to the chapel. A man can be seen standing next to Beecroft cottages on the left, and beyond the cottages,in the centre, Glebe Farm can be seen where the road curves right to Church End and left along the main road. 1907 postmark





Glebe farm granary in 2012 – all that remains of Glebe farm is the 18th century, weatherboarded granary…







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Victoria newbery March 20, 2014 at 1:45 pm

As a family we have been looking into our family tree and out family owned this farm when it burnt down. How amazing!


Lynda Phillips September 7, 2014 at 6:27 pm

Hi Victoria – who were your family as my mum seems to think that her family (great grand parents – William & Eliza Gray) were also connected to Glebe Farm and may have been there at the time of the fire. She has the 1891 census and her family were residents there then. The occupants had 14 children at home (youngest called Monte Cristo!). I was just wondering if there may be a family connection between us? Both Eliza & William are buried in Ardley Church. There grave is marked with a large angel should you wish to find it. My mum also has the picture above of Glebe Farm.


wendy kettle October 29, 2014 at 1:31 pm

Hello Lynda.
I’m Victorias aunty. William & Eliza were my Great Grandparents. Grandmother was Ethel. Thank you for your info about burial site. We have a photo of the grave before William had died. My brother is visiting from Australia and we are planning a visit to see whats left of the farm & also to find the grave. Didn’t know where it was, so very grateful. Which of the very many children was your grandparent?


Lynda Phillips September 5, 2015 at 6:35 pm

Hello Wendy,

Sorry for the late reply only just seen your message. My Mum’s grandfather & my great grandfather was Thomas Gray. He was born in 1879. He was one of 22 children but 21 survived. Mum thinks that she may have had the wrong date of the census and it should have been 1901. Thomas Gray would have been 22 in that year.


David Pengelly October 1, 2017 at 9:41 am


I belong to the Walkern history Society and have been given permission by the current landowner to metal detect the site of the the old farm for the Society. I have found a small nameplate with the initials WG in a sort of copperplate writing. I’m wondering if this is anything to do with William Gray. If you get in touch we’ll have a chat.


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