Saxon Farm

Saxon Farm.

The society has a number of files compiled by Harry Baxter who worked hard to record facts about Audenshaw and was instrumental among many other things in persuading the council to look after the Trough.

Harry wrote the following about Saxon Farm:

Saxon Farm was demolished in 1957 as part of the expansion of Jackson’s brick works quarrying for Clay.

In 1957 I was 14 years of age and crossed the Brickyard as it was called-5 days a week from Groby Road North to Popular St School, I passed the Farm on my way and during demolition of the farm the labourers found many items of historic interest. I remember being shown large heavy copper pennies, which I believe were nicknamed waggon wheels.
I have seen old photos of Saxon farm, also called Stelfox farm as is the Lane leading to the farm off Guide Lane . The whole of the Clay Quarry was later filed with municipal rubbish then landscaped

Butterworth in 1823 wrote the following:

Stelfox Farm, held by lease under the baronial proprietor by -- Stelfox, Esq. of Crowley Lodge, near Budworth, in Cheshire. It is at present in the occupation of Mr. Thomas Percival, and contains sixty acres, Lancashire measure. The outbuildings are extensive, with a spacious yard, and an ancient oak spreading its branches on the south, behind which is a large orchard. Over the door in front of Mr. Percival's house is inscribed N.S.S., 1719. These are evidently the initials of Nicholas Saxon and Sarah his wife, by whose family the estate had long been possessed, as it appears by the assessment of 1618, that Nicholas and Henry Saxon, at that time, possessed a considerable extent of land in Audenshaw. Returning through this solitary lane, and taking the direction of the main road towards Manchester, we pass a regular series of modern-built brick cottages, relieved betwixt each cluster, by a momentary glance at the farms and cottages which enliven the township of Droylsden, in the parish of Manchester, which are contrasted in the distance by the peat hill and barren moss of Ashton. These continued ranges of humble dwellings which margin the Manchester road for a mile or more, are denominated collectively the village of Audenshaw.

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