Field Barn

An outstation of Manor Farm, Orwell

By Sue Miller

Photo:Field Barn location on a 1936 map

Field Barn location on a 1936 map

Photo:William Chapman, horsekeeper for Manor Farm, with his team at Field Barn

William Chapman, horsekeeper for Manor Farm, with his team at Field Barn







This map shows the farm buildings known as Field Barn which, together with a cottage, once accommodated a team of Manor Farm working horses and their master, plus items of agricultural machinery, at some distance from the farm house and yard in Town Green Road. 

Field Barn destroyed by fire

Field Barn no longer exists, having burned down in about 1974, so we cannot state the age or construction of its buildings.  They are not shown on the 1837 Enclosure Award map of Orwell so it is likely that, after Manor Farm's acres were awarded and enclosed, Field Barn was built as a base from which the fields close to the river could be cultivated. The land there is heavy clay, difficult to cross with horse and cart in wet or snowy weather and the farm workers who lived there often had difficulty reaching the village shops by way of the muddy, unmade road shown on our map.

On another page of our website the late Barbara Brown recalled riding the farm horses down to Field Barn in the 1920s.(See People - Memories). Richard Miller, formerly of Grove Farm, used to play in the barn and feed shed as a boy and teenager and always found it a magical place.  He was able to correct us regarding the date of the fire, as he remembers finding the barn still smouldering.  Please let us know if you too have memories of this place or if you can correct the information we have given.

In the 1911 Census, Field Barn was occupied by William Chapman, aged 41, Horse Keeper, his wife Mary Ann, and William Arthur Spacksman, Mary's son by a previous marriage. The distinctive name Spacksman also occurs on the page dealing with Orwell men who served in the Great War.

This page was added by Sue Miller on 10/05/2014.

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