West Leaze

West Leaze

A field of Longcroft Farm


West Leaze (Parcel 1103) was a field of Longcroft Farm.

In 1816 Longcroft Farm, including West Leaze, was let to Henry Guppy, known as Harry. However, in April 1816, Harry was being held as a 'Prisoner for Debt' in the King's Bench Prison, Surrey, awaiting his case to be heard at the Guildhall, Westminster during the following month.

The 1846 Tithe Apportionment recorded that West Leaze was owned by Lord of Kingston Manor, William Jones Prowse, who had inherited huge land holdings in the area. The farm, at this time, was let to James Tucker. West Leaze was described as pasture for grazing livestock and measured 7a 2r 35p.

During the 1860s, a Mr Sawtell was the tenant farmer. During the 1870s Robert Chard farmed Longcroft Farm, and during this period the farm was afflicted with a foot & mouth disease outbreak. In June 1879, Chard was declared a bankrupt. The next tenant farmer was William Hardy. By January 1908 Hardy had died and was followed, certainly between 1910 and 1921, by Herbert James Pearce.

During the early 1920s Longcroft Farm went through a series of auction sales and sales by private treaty. West Leaze (Parcel 1103) was sold off separately from the farm. 

West Leaze (Parcel 1103) was bounded on the south by Combe Street Lane, to the west by Footpath Ground (Parcel 1101), to the north by Smoke Acre Orchard (Parcel 1113) and Plantation (Parcel 1104) that had been carved out of its north-eastern corner. To the east it was bounded by Higher Sleight (Parcel 1105).

Today, the southern edge is occupied by modern housing of Combe Street Lane.


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