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The location is near to Peewet Hall, and was farmed by members of the Cocker (of the famous Moses Cocker and his flying machine) family in the 1700s. There were 34 acres to the property at this time.
In 1824, Thomas Pilkington lived here. The Pilkington’s also lived at this time at the landmark farm of Drinkwaters, near Great Hill.
In 1851, the census stated that handloom weaving was an occupation here, subsidiary to farming. Ten years later, the farm was occupied temporarily by quarrymen.
The farm had been lived in until around 1910, and the land was given up in 1923 by the inhabitant, a G. M. Dixon.
Mr Dixon wrote to the Lord Mayor, Alderman and Citizens of the City of Liverpool, stating “I give notice to quit all lands I hold under Liverpool Corporation on February 2nd, 1923….. owing to the high rates and the heavy slump in prices, especially wool, the chief thing on a hill farm.”
The barn was still standing on 1st August, 1925, when four men who were sheltering in when it was struck by lightning, and the contents (hay) were set on fire. The men were uninjured, but the barn and its contents were totally destroyed.
There were said to be no particular striking features about the farm, and by 1936 nearly all of the roof had fallen in – but notably, most of the walls were still standing.
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