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Does anyone have any information on Sparrow House Farm, a photograph or why it was demolished? Is there anything remaining? I am asking for a friend who lived there in the fifties.

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@anniemarr - not a farm I had heard of but I did a search for "Sparrow House farm" and it does get one mention on this group. Back in 2014  on a discussion in History Hollow - about Netherton Lonnen -  Alan Dickson & Hihg Pit Wilma commented :-

 

Alan dickson

Posted March 25, 2014

Aye years ago I had a walk over Sheepwash Bridge up to where Sparrow HOUSE Farm was. Then decided to have a look at the old Farm I could see from my side of the river.An old lady told me it was last inhabited in the 1940s.

Her granny had worked there and every Xmas got an invite up to Bothal Castle with the rest of the hired help for the Xmas party. She said it was in the Portland Bothalhough Estate.

Also said the Bothal Vicar at one time resided at Sheepwash and walked up to Bothal every day along the river. Alas it is no longer there

the local kids demolished what was left of it.l asked the Farmer to let me try my metal detector on the land but met a refusal.

HIGH PIT WILMA

Posted March 29, 2014

A builder-friend of mine told me that when he was on the team that renovated the rectory[?] at the Ashington side of Sheepwash bridge,beside the traffic lights,they found loads of boxes of ancient records and financial documents,plans,etc in the loft of the house.

How old is that property,Alan,thought you would know..!

Don't know what happened to the documents,I presume they would surely have given them to Woodhorn colliery museum.

Alan dickson

Posted March 29, 2014

Don't/ know exact date but it was hospice for weary travellers in mediaeval times as the road was the main coastal road North.

When they built the new houses on left side some very old skeletons were uncovered said to be monks who ran the hospice.

A few years ago the man who lived there told me the kitchen was being renovated and a big pile of flagstones were stacked up for the next day and the door locked.

On going in the next day they were strewn all over,he moved shortly afterwards. A secret tunnel is said to be rumoured .l think the road split the hospice in two...........

 

Is that the Farm you are interested in ?

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5 minutes ago, anniemarr said:

Thank you very much, yes this is the farm and I am trying to get a photograph.

Just about to go out but I will have a search online later today but I would be surprised if there was anything on the www - but always worth a try :)

Edited by Alan Edgar (Eggy1948)

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Hi, Yes it could.  I believe it was demolished probably 1980's, it was a very old farm.  My friend, Sylvia, is so keen to have a photo, sketch and information on the farm and I have tried Ancestry but no luck so far.  Thank you so much for helping. Annie

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@anniemarr :- had a search of the www but only found one reference to the farm and that was in the London gazette of 1924 in connection with the Ashington Coal Company.

London gazette 1924.jpg

Then I checked on a Facebook group - Past Times History, Admin @johndawsonjune1955 - as there has been info on Sheepwash etc posted on that group before. When I searched for Sparrow House farm I found three photos that a Helen Birch had given to John Dawson and John posted them with this comment  :-   

 

 

Sparrow House farm1 by Helen Birch.jpg

Sparrow House farm2 by Helen Birch.jpg

Sparrow House farm3 by Helen Birch.jpg

Edited by Alan Edgar (Eggy1948)

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