Early Prebendal Scenes

… from the Wychwoods Albums Archive

Prebendal Farm, Shipton, early 1900s
Parsonage Farm, Shipton, early 1900s

Called variously over the centuries Parsonage Farm, The Rectory and The Prebendal, parts of the house are medieval, built on land taken out of the churchyard.

Prebendal House, after 1912
Prebendal House, after 1912

The building, the main entrance to which used to be at the bottom of Church Street, has had many structural changes over the centuries. From the twelfth century the prebend, or income, from the house, tithes, and land, went to a canon of Salisbury cathedral.

In 1614, James I transferred the prebend to the Regius Professor of Civil Law at Oxford University. One of the more notable prebendaries was John Foxe, the martyrologist, whose family retained an interest in and used part of the house until the mid-eighteenth century. In the late nineteenth century, a large wing was demolished and in 1912, when it was bought by Dr and Mrs F. R. B. Hinde, more alterations took place with a southeast wing added.

Thomas Brookes, 19th century.

The occupiers of the Prebendal House were usually local tenant farmers. In 1726, the Brookes family became tenants and continued there until 1908. The Thomas Brookes in the photograph was born in 1797 and was tenant until his death in 1869, aged 72. Like many of his family he was much involved in parish affairs, as churchwarden, constable, overseer of the poor and trustee of the Crown Inn Charity. His tombstone is in Shipton churchyard.

Thomas Brookes daughter, Millicent

Millicent, a spinster daughter, lived with her bachelor brother, Thomas, who ultimately bought the farm in 1892 for £2500 and died there in 1908.

This is one of series of snapshots taken from the Society’s publications “The Wychwoods Albums”. These publications from the mid to late 1980s feature a variety of images of the Wychwoods, all of which deserve a place in our expanding online archive.

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