A photo walk around Ash Hall, Werrington Stoke-on-Trent
Job Meigh & the Ash Hall Estate


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Ash Farm

In 1827 most of the Ash Estate was occupied by two farm - Ash Farm containing 120 acres and Little Ash Farm containing 33˝ acres. 

When Job Meigh bought the estate in 1837 he retained this division. 

Ash Farm was first let to Thomas Hill before it was taken over by William Mellor Meigh c.1845 to 1857. He then handed over the management of the farm to Ward Puckrin, a farm bailiff. 

By 1862 a new tenant farmer, John Morris, was in occupation. His arrival probably coincided with the demolition of the old farmhouse and its replacement by the present building (see photos below). This is a substantial, two-storey, brick and tile farmhouse, quite different from the other new estate buildings which were built of local sandstone. It is possible that the decision to rebuild was made in 1862 by William Mellor Meigh I, who adopted a much cheaper building material than his father Job Meigh. 

By 1879 Morris had left and had been replaced by George Mountford. In the 1881 census he was recorded as 35 years old and described as a “Farmer of 93 acres employing two men”. He lived at the farm with his wife Anne 32, son, George 6, Ann Vigers, his mother-in-law, a widow, aged 68, and two farm labourers - Charles Heath 18 and William James 19. George Mountford was still in occupation in 1893.


Ash Farm - rebuilt in 1862
Ash Farm - rebuilt in 1862


outbuildings to Ash Farm
outbuildings to Ash Farm


this outbuildings of Ash Farm backs onto the Ashbank Hotel grounds
this outbuildings of Ash Farm backs onto the Ashbank Hotel grounds
It is built of stone and could be part of the 
original farm buildings

photos: July 2000


1881 census:

Dwelling: Ash Farm
Census Place: Stoke Upon Trent, Staffordshire, England


Marr | Age | Sex

  Birthplace Occupation
George MOUNTFORD M 35 M  Head Stoke On Trent Farmer Of 93 Acres Employing 2 Men
Annie MOUNTFORD  M 32 F Wife Stoke On Trent  
George MOUNTFORD 6 M Son Stoke On Trent Scholar
Ann VIZERS  W 68 F Mother In Law Stoke On Trent Annuitant
Charles HEATH U 18 M Serv Stoke On Trent Farm Serv (Indoor)
William JAMES  U 19 M  Serv Stoke On Trent Farm Serv (Indoor)


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updated: 27/10/2002