LITTLEWOOD FARM

All I can find in the records concerning Littlewood Farm is that it was a dairy farm built at the end of the 18th century and as far as I can tell was independent of the Stuffynwood Estate. It was extended at the end of the 19th century using stone from neighbouring Warsop Park Farm, which was purchased by the owners of Shirebrook Colliery. Warsop Park Farm was adjacent to the colliery and the site was required for the spoil heap. Warsop Park was a Royal hunting Park before it was cleared of forest, similar in size to Pleasley Park and often mentioned in medieval documents. Littlewood Farm’s buildings, grade II listed, were recently renovated and converted into 4 dwellings. These photos show the remarkable and no doubt very expensive transformation. The bottom picture was taken from Humbert's published online sale brochure of one of the conversions currently for sale at just under a cool million pounds!

Update 28.5.09

Whilst looking amongst the Duke of Portland archived records I stumbled across a document that places Littlewood Farm more than 100 years earlier in date than first thought. The document ref is 157 DD/P/111/1  and can be found at http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/A2A/records.aspx?cat=157-ddp_2&cid=-1&Gsm=2008-06-18#-1

The document is dated 17th May 1672 and describes a mortgage prepared for 220 acres of Warsop Park that includes Littlewood Farm of 63 acres, occupied by W.P. which I presume means Warsop Park. It describes Littlewood Farm as "on Wood Lane north and shooting down to the river from Pleasley"

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The Whites Directory of 1857 describes the farm as in the posession of Francis Hall of Park Hall who was Sheriff of Nottinghamshire.

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The 1901 census shows that the management of Shirebrook Colliery were using Warsop Park Farm to house workers. Clearly therefore, the substantial extension to Littlewood Farm using the stone from Warsop Park must have been later, probably after the housing shortage at Shirebrook had been resolved around 1915.

Littlewwod Farm before the conversion

Littlewood Farm before the conversion

Littlewood Farm 2008