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Adams Corner

Adams ConerThe Adams family left their name in Chewton Mendip on the 1794 map as Adams Corner in West End. Adams Corner is now just another quirk in the otherwise relatively uniform field pattern and a patch of waste land containing a couple of muddy ponds. The building in the distance is now called Ivy Cottage whilst Coles Lane is to the right but cannot be seen in this picture.
Adams Corner tree stumpThis picture is taken from within Adams Corner and shows that all that can be seen today are dead trees, brambles and bumps in the ground but this was once the site of a substantial farm
 Organ PondThe picture on the left shows Organ Pond that can just bee seen as an iregular oval shape in the 1794 map below. There is a second pond marked on the modern map called Red Pond which is not shown on the 1794 map. All that remains today is a muddy dip in the ground. The name of that pond probably comes for the colour of the soil but he name of Organ Pond is more or a mystery. There is a teneous link to the Curtis family who were occupying land in the area for some time and were related by marrige to the Organ family.
Adams CornerThe building shown in field marked 451 in the extract from the 1794 map shown opposite is shows the right-hand bend that is still seen in the modern hedge. The road to the right of the of this map was called Burges Lane but is now called Bell Lane. The road on the left is now an overgrown footpath is called Coles Lane which causes confusion with the better known Coles lane in the eastern part of the village
James York was the first recorded rate payer for the Adams estate in West End in 1701. It is possible that the Yorks were the living in the property shown or they were based in what is now West End Farm.
The Adams family were probably based in Adams Grove in what was the Middlesex tithing during the 18th century when they are referred to in the churchwarden accounts and  poor book .
 Adams Lane  was in what was East End but the house may have been  in the Town tithing.
 The 1839 map shows there was still a barn standing on the site which was occupied by William Pearse.
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