Required with this drawing
This picture was drawn by Ian
Jackson and depicts a cottage or small holding in Illey Lane Halesowen It
was just along the track leading to Warstone Farm, near to the Black Horse Inn.
There were several ramshackle outbuildings. The drawing may be inaccurate as it
is drawn from Ians memory (early 1970's). Ian believes it was owned by an
elderly couple who presumably passed away. The building was demolished in the
late 1970's and replaced by a modern detached house. Ian wonders if
anyone recalls the house, its history or has any photographs of it.
Bob Greathead writes:-
The area you refer to appears to be
the original Potters Farm and its adjoining farmland.
On the track to Warstone Farm
today stands the large house on your left, as you enter the track, named
as Illey Cottage in a recent sale. Then on your right you
approach the relatively new property named as Long Acre, this
area is where the ramshackled barns and outhouses stood belonging to the old
Potters Farm. You then approach the new Potters Farm dwelling, again on
your right, constructed further back than the original property.
The original property consisted
of three attached buildings that stood on the tracks edge. On an
old sale notice the farmhouse was described as being small with a sitting
room, dining room with open range, scullery with sink, pantry, two bedrooms
and a productive garden. Adjoining the farmhouse were two brick
cottages each with four rooms. The farm was at this time in the
occupation of George. R. Bryan on a yearly Lady-day tenancy at a rental of £68
3s 6d including over 17 acres of productive pasture and arable land.
Dick Bryan, George's son, was
still in occupation of the farmhouse when it was broken up further in the
80's. The property then was described as two brick cottages that were
semi-derilict. An auctioneers' note stated " It is hoped that
the Planning Authority will allow the construction of the new house whilst
allowing the occupier of the old near derilict cottage/farmhouse to remain in
residence on the clear understanding that when the occupancy ceases the
cottage/farmhouse will be demolished.
According to this description the
drawing is missing much more detail as the property did not stand alone.
I am reliably informed in the early to mid 1900's there were also additional
lower constructions on the side/s of the property, one was a stable for two
horses. The S tie-bar plates depicted in the drawing were not
Continuing down the track, just
before reaching Warstone Farm, you approach the original Pear Tree Cottage on
your right. This has become the home of the farmer since they
demolished the very old Warstone farmhouse. Pear Tree Cottage we
believe is the original structure and does stand alone.
Sorry I have no photographs of the
old Potters Farm to share with you, should I be lucky enough to find any I
will let you have them. I would be grateful if you could do the same as
I am making a collection of Illey memorabilia.
I was given a piece of
information that living in this same vicinity of Illey in the 1800's + was a
member of the Parkes printing family from Halesowen ?
Hope this jogs a few more memories.
Bob Greathead has sent me the following photo of Potters Farm
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