THE BCH ARCHIVE

LOCAL HISTORY FOR

BIRTSMORTON

CASTLEMORTON

HOLLYBUSH

And The Surrounding District

Midsummer  Farm

Other names          Bradfords Farm


Origin of name     Midsummer Farm was chosen because of the view of Midsummer Hill and was renamed to avoid any confusion with the previous property.


Date built          Not known


The early Parish Registers for Castlemorton have a few details of a family called Bradford, although I have no evidence to connect them to Bradfords Farm. There are no Bradford wills.


John Bradford married Sarah Sawford on 27 June 1771 and they had three children: Elizabeth (c. 7 February 1774), who married Charles Bourne from Newent on 10 January 1798); John (c. 27 May 1775) and Thomas (c. 30 June 1775).


There are also entries for Margery Bradford buried 2 December 1667 and Thomas Bradford buried 27 May 1806 aged 70.


In 1839, House, Outbuildings, Garden and Close owned and occupied by William Birt. No. 71 in the Tithe. He also owned Nos. 70 & 72 and rented No. 1164 from the Dean and Chapter of Westminster. No 69 is the Rot Cot, owned by Earl Somers and rented to William Smith. Cot may mean a cheerful or splendid, or a poor quality piece of boggy ground.