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Lynch Farm

Sarah Hart's fieldThere is no direct reference to a property called Lynch Farm but there is circumstantial evidence that a plot of land at the junction of Drials, Coles and Wheatfiled lanes was once a This farm owned by the Kingsmill  family. The name is also descriptive, a Lynch was the name of a filed on a slope which fits the site exactly. The 1794 map shows it was occupied by the Hart family who may have bought some of the rectory land in 1785. However, it was a Waldegrave property in 1840 at which time the site appears to be just a field. The site could be described as being in the East End or Town tithing. Eldons Stump is on the other side of Wheatfiled Lane and is a possible alternative name for Lynch Farm.
Scutts Hill is still the name of the hill which is just off the top of the map and the Scutt family may have been tenants in the 17th century. The churchwarden accounts starting in 1699 suggest that the Scutts had already moved to Browns or Redhill.
The Drial or Dryal family are another prospect for the 17th century occupiers of the site. A Mrs Curtis was listed as paying rates for Dryals c1706 and they were later paying for Scutts Hill and the Moore farm included a field called Dryalls Bottom that was probably in the area.
Drials Lane leads to The Folly which may have been the site of the Drial farm-house before the Folly House was built. Red Sheard is a bit further on and is a possibility for the Drials property in the Middlesex tithing recorded in c1710. It is difficult to stretch the definition of Middlesex to include this site.
 A George Hart was paying poor rates from 1745, his estate was sometimes called ‘the field ground’. A William and Samuel Hart were accepting apprentices for an unspecified estate c 1768. Mr Hart was renting Corp Close and Green Paddock in 1785.  Quarrs farm is another possibility for where the Harts were living.
The Harts were still listed as occupants of some of the site but they had already diversified into running pubs so it is reasonable to assume they had started the quarry shown on the site in 1902. Documentary and anecdotal evidence shows the quarry was in operation in the Victorian era.
 Lynch Cottage and Lime Kiln Cottage are first shown in 1902 but the school registers suggest they were occupied earlier.
 There are now three private house on the site and any evidence of earlier occupation would have been destroyed by the quarry.
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