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Mannings

Mannings LaneThe 1794 map  shows a numbr of roads that lead from East End to Shooters Bottom, the modern maps identify the lane shown on the left as Mannings Lane.  The churchwarden and poor book  from the 18th century make are references to an estate called Mannings from about 1730 untill the those records cease c1770. This could have ben a sixth farm in the East End tithing. There are no working farms left and only Lower East End and Hippisley farms are occupied. East End Farm is waiting redevelopment and what has ben called Honewell Farm is just a ruin. East End Cottages are occupied but they were built in 1910.
The name is one of the many mysteries because there is no record of anyone of that family being resident in Chewton Mendip. The Hampshire archive is full of records about people with this name but there is no obvious lin to Chewton Mendip. The estate was owned by the Kingsmills so it is possible the name is a corruption of the previous owners of the rectory lands who was Roger Manners.
792The 1794 map shows a building that is roughly opposite the Chewton Mendip nd of Mannings lane but all can be seen now is the outline of what may have been the base of the building. This may have been the house Mannings Farmhouse. There is a modern farm track that leads to Franklyns Farm which is not shown on this map so Franklyns could have also been called Mannings but the Franklyns nam is one that has been used consistently and is used in conjunction with Mannings. The estate was sometimes listed in the Town tithing but it was relatively common for the rates to be recorded based on where the person lived, not where the land was.
The tenants do not help much in trying to identify the possible location. James Dudden  was paying rates for at least part of Mannings between 1750 and 1759 but he also took responsibility for several properties.
 William Hunt acted as an agent for the Kingsmills and Corry families so he is listed as taking responsibility for several estates. John Culliford was responsible for the state in 1754 but he was the newly apointed vicar so it is not suprising that he was responsible for part of the rectory lands.
 The only name that can be recognised in the 1794 map is John House and a member of the House family may have been responsible for Mannings in 1738.
 The 1902 map shows a quarry and an old limekiln at the bottom of the Mannings lane a shape that could have been a farm yard.
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