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Photo 531


Posted 1905. New Barn Farm

From Wirksworth Parish Registers:
M 1782nov27 SANDERS John(Wirksworth)/VICARS Catharine
Witnesses: John LIGGETT,George SALT
C 1789feb22 SAUNDERS William=(son)John/Catharine(Alderwasley),dob=1789jan26
M 1817oct20 SANDERS William(Alderwasley)/HUNT Hannah
Witnesses: Hannah PIERCE,Joseph HUNT
C 1826apr23 SANDERS Thomas=(son)William/Hannah(Alderwasley)[Farmer],dob=1826mar26
M 1850feb20 SANDERS Thomas(Alderwasley),Farmer/BROCKLEHURST Eliza(Alderwasley),#88
Fathers: William SANDERS,Farmer/Edward BROCKLEHURST,Miller
Witnesses: Samuel SANDERS,Hannah BROCKLEHURST
Status: b,f/s,u
C 1862sep21 SAUNDERS John edward=Thomas/Eliza(Alderwasley)[Farmer],#2188

New Barn Farm, Alderwasley

New Barn Farm lies about half a mile SW of Alderwasley (OS ref: SK 327-527). It has 97 acres on the Alderwasley estate, then owned by the HURT family. In 1905 it was owned by Albert Hurt (1835-1907) of Alderwasley Hall, in 1912 by Francis Hurt (1878-1930) The photograph was taken before 1905, and probably shows the SANDARS family who were living there in the 1901 Census. The age of the people in the photo appears to agree with that shown in the Census. The haystacks seem to be magnificent structures to modern eyes.

The SANDARS family can be traced in the Census by these links:
1901, 1891, 1881, 1871, 1861, 1851 and 1841

John's father Thomas took over Hankins farm from the WILMOT family around 1865, and John was raised there. New Barn farm may have been built about 1875, and Thomas (John's elder brother) took it over. Thomas jnr then moved to Berry Hill farm, Alderwasley, and John Sandar was running New Barn farm from 1888 (when he married). A SANDERS family tree is given below and a desciption of the farm in 1912

From 1901 Census for Alderwasley:
#56---New Barns Farms---[Alderwasley]---
Ad54a John SANDARS Head M 39 M Farmer Alderwasley
Ad54b Sarah SANDARS Wife M 49 F Quinton GLS
Ad54c Agnes SANDARS Dau S 11 F Alderwasley
Ad54d Norah SANDARS Dau S 8 F Alderwasley
Ad54e George PICKERING Servant S 23 M Carter on farm Alderwasley
Ad54f Frank PICKERING Servant S 17 M Yardman on farm Alderwasley

Photo taken:1905

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Farmer's daughter, b.1893
Farmer's daughter, b.1890
Farmer, b.1862
Farmer's wife, b.1852
Yardman, b.1884
Enlargement. New Barn farmhouse.
Enlargement. Haystacks.

SANDARS family

    John 1782 Catherine SANDERS=====v=====VICARS | | |-------|--|--|--------|-------|-----|---------|-------|------|-------|-------| | | | | | | | | | | | 1784 1787 1789 1792 1793 1795 1795 1797 1798 1800 1803 Samuel John William Thomas Mary Benjamin Joseph James Hannah George Mathew | | William 1817 Hannah SAUNDERS=====v=====HUNT | | |-------|-----|--------|--|----|-------| | | | | | | 1819 1821 1824 1826 1829 1832 Joseph John William Thomas Samuel Mary | | 1830 Thomas 1850 Eliza SANDERS=====v=====BROCKLEHURST | | |-------|--------|------|--------|--|--|-----| | | | | | | | 1853 1857 1860 1862 1864 1866 1868 Thomas Barbara Ralph John Kate Mary Hannah Edward | | John 1852 Edward 1888 Sarah J SANDERS=====v=====STEEL | | |---|--| | | 1889 1892 Agnes Norah

    Article reproduced from Derbyshire Advertiser 6 Jan 1912

    New Barn Farm - Alderwasley

    Sometime ago, a "sketch" was executed of Mr T Sandars' farm, Berry Hill, Alderwasly. Upon the information being received that his brother, Mr J E Sandars, was also a successful farmer of this district, the resolve was made to approach him also, and after many delays of other engagements, the resolve was carried into effect.

    Apart from the interest of the farm, the visit was well worth making by reason of the lovely bit of country through which it was reached. Taking the right-hand or upper road in Alderwasley Park, the road is bounded by a stately line of well-grown forest trees. An inconspicuous gate in the wall admits to the cart road leading to the farm. This gate, well hung, and with easy-working latch, gives promise of the good order to be expected at the farm, gates being an excellent criterion of the capability of a farmer. If hanging out of the true balance, with broken bars and awkward latches, it would appear that they argue lack of energy rather than lack of ritches.

    For these repairs are not really beyond the scope of a capable amateur. It is, however, noted that in this district many farmers and their sons are not only amateur joiners, but even very fair builders and mechanics.

    Though the farm stands high, it is some-what sheltered by the rising ground above, and by the imposing shade of the well-grown symmetrical sycamores. If one takes, as is usual amongst agriculturists, the timber as a test of the goodness of the soil, this neighbourhood is fortunate.

    Mr J E Sandars has now for twenty-three years farmed 97 acres on the Alderwasley estate, the present member of the Hurt family now owning it being Mr F C A Hurt, of Alderwasley Hall. A kindly welcome is given by Mrs Sanders, who, silver-haired, and still bonny, must have been more than somewhat of a beauty in her youth.

    The winters of Derbyshire have dealt kindly with her, in spite of the fact that she is a native of a more southern county, being proud to claim Startford-upon-Avon as her birthplace. Surrounding the house is a delightfully wild little garden, every inch of which on our visit was crowded with an infinite variety of flowering plants, chiefly reminiscences of visits. Mrs Sandars is evidently a fortunate gardener, for all the specimens have struck root and flourish exceedingly.

    Entering the house under the porch, great comfort is to be found in a small space, the thick wall affording the protection necessary on these Derbyshire moors, when the furies of the winter wind are let loose, and windows rattle and boughs strain and moan in the fierce blasts. All is very compact, a cosy little kitchen, a sitting-room of very fair size, and a dainty little pantry, which Mrs Sandars declares to be too small - it certainly, though arranged with the utmost neatness, appears somewhat crowded with good cheer.

    The sale of milk forms perhaps the principal, though not the sole, business of the farm, the purchaser having been for many years Mrs Sheldon, of Duffield. Churns made by Messrs D Marsden and Son, Duffield, are used, and the milk is sent everyday to Whatstandwell Station, and when there is a small surplus Mrs Sandars makes a little butter for home consumption and for a few favoured customers.

    Not far from the house is the milk cooling shed, also a compact little place, and fitted by Mr Sandars with a Watson's cooler, which, though occupying small space offers a large cooling surface. Mr Sandars keeps a good herd of dairy shorthorns, giving his preference to red cows: he declares that he has never in his life had any luck with a black animal, though animals of this colour thrive apparantly on many farms in the district, and certainly add a picturesque touch to the landscape.

    The farm lying on the gritstone renders it suited to Shropshire sheep, which thrive here amazingly. Mr Sandars considers this breed the most satisfactory for both quantity and quality of mutton. With his pigs, too, Mr Sandars is extremely fortunate, having over 20 healthy promising juveniles at various stages of growth. Although the pig is considered a profitable animal, he is not the source of so large a revenus to the breeder as might be supposed, for at least 50 per cent of the profits fall into the hands of the middleman. Every housewife knows that good bacon cannot be purchased under 10d. and even more per lb., but the farmer is fortunate if he receives half that sum.

    Co-operation amongst farmers has been suggested, but does not appear to gain wide favour. Would it not be possible for some modified system to be introduced whereby two or three farmers of the district should contract to supply one or more of the larger local shops direct at a fixed price? The present extensive sale of milk on these lines appears to work to the satisfaction of both sides.

    A visit to the stable finds at home "Fan", an irongrey three-year-old filly, who, in spite of her youth, has already done good work. In the next stall is "Bonny", an aged strawberry roan, and, beyond "Dick", a handsome chestnut, whose daily work is to take the milk quickly to the station. During Mr Sanders ownership of him, "Dick" has never made a mistake, which is a good deal to say when it is a question of these hills and difficult Derbyshire roads, where even the best horse may on occasion be devotionally inclined.

    A very important department on this farm is the poultry, the charge of Mr Sandars two daughters - his only children. Turkeys do well. Aylesbury ducks, too, are reared, with a large number of fowls of varios kinds.

    Mr Sandars is very fairly satisfied with last year's harvest - the house and buildings, in fact, being nearly hidden from view on one side by several large well- thatched stacks. The hay crop has been very good, and the oats, of which he grows some fourteen acres, well ripened and well got, though rather lighter than those of his neighbours who farm on the limestone, favoured by a dry summer. The same remarks apply to wheat, of which Mr Sandars grows several acres.

    One very important animal must not be forgotten. "Bob", an old English sheep dog, which does duty as a watch-dog outside the gate. The zeal with which "Bob" performs his duties knows no bounds. He fairly whirls at the end of his chain, barking vociferously the while at every fresh comer, and yet off the chain "Bob" is one of the mildest animals in existence.

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