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Eldons Stump

Eldons Stump 1840The extract from the 1794 map shows the approximate position of a field called Eldon’s Stump shown in 1839 at map. The site was probably in the East End  but Wheatfiled shown at the top of the map may have been the boundary with the Town tithing. Coles Lane [East] runs from top to bottom and defines a north-south boundary with Chew Down and Ston Easton to the right and north. The junction with Drial’s Lane which leads south-west to  The Folly  and is another route to the village centre. Adam’s Lane is just off the left of the map and that leads to Ston Easton and forms part of  the boundary with Emborough.
 Eldon may be a transcription error for a family called Emblyn or Emblan who held a position of some importance in the early 17th century. Stump may also be n as other fields were referred to s ‘stubs’ suggesting a small part of  larger field.
The churchwarden accounts and  poor book  show the Palmer family as the occupants in the early 18th century but the 1766 ledgers show that the Palmers may have been sub letting or buying out leases held by the Sheppard family who they were linked to by marriage. The Palmers were also holding leases on a holding called Lyes. Eldon’s stump may have been a separate farm but it may have been one of the medieval common fields.
The 1794 map shows the Moore family may have held part of Eldon’s Stump or nearby Whitemead but the  1766 ledgers suggest they were living in Redhill.
 The field called  Sarah Hart may have been the site of a farm which has been called Lynch Farm but it may have been called Eldon’s Stump and probably included some of the fields shown in the 1794 map.
Quarrs farm is to the left of this map and that was owned by the Kingsmill family in 1794 so it is not recorded in either the 1766 or 1794 maps because they only showed  Waldegrave properties. Some of Eldon’s Stump may have been sold by the Kingsmills in 1785.
The 1902 shows a similar field pattern to the 1839 map but the dividing walls were demolished in the 1960s and the stone was used in the foundations of The Bungalow in the Lynch Cottage site.
 Eldons Stump was later called King Lippiat.
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