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Hollybeds Farm page 2

In 1871, again occupied by James Pingree, Farmer of 80 acres, employing 2 men, and Mary, Caroline and James. 13 year old James Cook, Indoor Farm Servant, is living with them.

In 1881, not found.

In 1891, occupied by John Charlton Colston, Farmer, (aged 45), his wife Elizabeth (aged 42) and their children Harriet (aged 20), Dressmaker, Clara E (aged 15), George (aged 12), Charles (aged 8), Elizabeth (aged 6), Margaret A (aged 3) and Alice J (aged 1).

Saturday 17 November 1894, Gloucester Journal.

Sale of timber, Mr Thomas Cadle is instructed by the Trustees of the Gloucester Almshouse & Pension Charities to sell by auction at the Spread Eagle Hotel, Gloucester, Monday, November 19th, 1894, at three for four o'clock in the afternoon, in eight lots: 92 Elm, 31 Oak, 25 Ash and 10 Poplar, timber trees, standing on Hollybed Farm, Castlemorton, Reddings Farm, and Lands at Badgeworth, Bentham, Field, Peygrove Hardwicke, Redmarley, and Uckington. Catalogues may had of T. H. Washbourn, Esq., Solicitor, Gloucester, or of the Auctioneer, Westbury on Severn.

Saturday 01 July 1899, Gloucester Journal  

Gloucester Municipal Charities. Persons desirous of tendering for certain repairs to barn and buildings at Hollybed Farm. Castlemorton, in the occupation of Mr. J. C. Colston, may obtain the Specifications and other Particulars from Mr. Thomas Cadle, Surveyor, Lynwood, Denmark Road, Gloucester. Tenders to be sent in not later than 12 o'clock on the morning of Monday, the 10th day of July next, sealed and endorsed and addressed to the undersigned. The Trustees do not bind themselves in any way to accept the lowest or any tender. Thos. H Washbourn, Clerk to the Trustees. Carton Street, Gloucester, June 23rd, 1899.

In 1901, John C Colston is still there, living with his wife Elizabeth and children Clara E, George, Charles, Eliza, Margaret A, Alice J and John (aged 7).

In 1911, occupied by John Colston, his wife Mary, and their children Sarah Ann, George, Charles, Eliza, Margaret Annie and John. The children are working on the farm, apart from Margaret Annie who is a School Teacher.

Saturday 13 October 1917, Gloucester Journal  

About 5 miles from Ledbury, 4 from Malvern Wells Station, and 8 from Tewkesbury. Mr. Henry Knowles Has received instructions from the Trustees of the Gloucester Municipal Charities, to sell by auction, at the Hop Pole Hotel. Tewkesbury, on Wednesday. 17th October. 1917, at 11.30 o'clock punctually.  A very desirable  freehold property known as Hollybed Farm situate in the Parish of Castlemorton in the County of Worcester, and comprising most convenient small farmhouse, set agricultural buildings and, according to the Vendor's Records about 50a. 1r 15p, but according to the Ordnance Survey about 51a. 1r. 39p. of superior pasture and arable land and orcharding, adjoining good roads, in the occupation of Mr. J. C. Colston, a Lady Day tenancy, at a rent £60 per annum. Particulars, plans and Conditions of Sale may be had of W. Langley-Smith, Esq., Solicitor, Westgate Chambers, or of the Auctioneer, Albion Chambers. Gloucester.

In 1920, John C Colston died.

When Arthur Charlton Colston and his wife Joyce inherited the farm in the mid 1980's, but they lived at The Reddings in what was then a Council House. (His parents were John Colston and Gladys M Tombs who lived at Biddles Farm until 1959). The house was in very poor condition and there were plans to knock it down and build a bungalow, but these were refused. The last Colston to live there was Ginny, (Gladys Maria Colston) who died in 1987. She was the aunt of Arthur Colston.

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