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Hollies Farm

Location

Station Hill

Farmers at Hollies Farm

1927-1963 John Henry Walker

The sales particulars for the 1927 auction of Hollies farm show that John Walker was renting the farm on an annual tenancy.  We don’t know whether he bought the farm or continued to rent it from the new owner.  The auction was for 27 acres, in 1939 he was farming 58 acres.

The Leicester Evening Mail 18th February 1931 reported:

  • Coalville Accident – Mr J. H. Walker of the Hollies Farm, Swannington, was injured today, when thrown out of his float, which was struck by a passing motor-car near Ashby-road, Coalville.  The car, it is believed, grazed a wheel of the float, and the horse swerved on to the path.  The driver of the motor-car was apparently unaware of the accident.

 

The 1939 register lists:

  • John H Walker born 1881, farmer
  • Hannah N Walker born 1898, unpaid domestic duties
  • John S Walker born 1916, farmer (assisting father)
  • Mary E Walker born 1918, unpaid domestic duties

 

John Henry Walker died in 1963 and was buried at St George’s on the 4th July.  In October 1964 the Burton Observer and Chronicle carried a series of advertisements for the auction of the 27 acre farm, livestock and machinery.

1972 Occupier Ivan Brown

The Leicester Chronicle of the 26th May 1972 included an advertisement – Furniture Removals – If you are stuck for your removals and light haulage – Contact Ivan Brown, Hollies Farm, Swannington.  Tel. Coalville 51187

Auction of Hollies Farm at the National Schools, Swannington, 6pm 17th March 1927
Description of Hollies Farm 27 acres, farmhouse and farm buildings
Description of Station Terrace also sold in 1927
Plan showing the four plots up for sale

World War Two Farm Survey

Farm size = 58 acres

  • Grain – 19 acres
  • Roots – 5 acres
  • Fodder – 0.5 acre
  • Grass for mowing – 12 acres
  • Grass for grazing – 22 acres

 

Farm animals

  • Cattle – 16
  • Sheep – 30
  • Pigs – 19
  • Fowls – 35
  • Ducks – 14
  • Geese – 5
  • Horses – 4