Pear tree Farm

Pear Tree Farm

A small dairy farm in Yeovil Marsh


Pear Tree Farm was a small dairy farm in Yeovil Marsh.

The 1846 Tithe Apportionment recorded that Pear Tree Farm was owned by Reverend John Jenkins Mathews and let to James Pope. Mathews owned several more parcels in the area and Pope farmed them all.

George Abbott (1816-1858) was recorded in the 1851 census as a 34-year-old "Farmer of 39 Acres, Employing 1 man". He lived at Pear Tree Farm with his wife Mary Ann, also recorded as Ann, together with their sons Fredric and William and daughter Emily Ann. George died in the spring of 1858, and in the 1861 census Mary Ann was recorded as the "farmeress" of Pear Tree Farm.

In 1882, the tenant farmer of Pear Tree Farm was Richard Dauncey. By 1904, Dauncey had moved to Marshes Hill Farm where he died on 22 May 1904, aged 52.

Pear Tree Farm, together with West Farm, was sold in 1889 with the Shepton Mallet Journal reporting in its edition of 31 May 1889 "Another estate, known as Pear Tree Farm, comprising farmhouse, outbuildings and 37 acres of land (also situated at Yeovil Marsh), the rental being £68 per annum, and the tithe rent-charge £7 12s 10d, was knocked down to Mr T Moore, of Yeovil, for £1,940 (around £220,000 at today's value). T Moore, the son of Yeovil solicitor Thomas Moore, was himself a Yeovil solicitor of the firm T&JC Moore of Higher Kingston.

It would appear that the tenant of Pear Tree Farm at this time was George Cole. However, in January 1893 he retired and sold off his livestock, farm utensils, 10 hogsheads (540 gallons) of cider and all his household furniture and effects.

The following tenant was J Rowsell and his wife Martha. Sadly, on 4 December 1893, Martha died in childbirth at Pear Tree Farm aged just 28.

In 1908 the tenant farmer of Pear Tree Farm was a Mr Mead. By July 1917, when their son was killed in France, the tenants were Mr & Mrs F and E Rendell.


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Pear Tree Farm farmhouse (courtesy of Mr Google).