Higher Sleight

Higher Sleight

A field of Longcroft Farm


Higher Sleight (Parcel 1105) was a field of Longcroft Farm, on the corner of Combe Street Lane and Stone Lane.

In 1816 Longcroft Farm, including Higher Sleight, was let to Henry Guppy, known as Harry. However, in April 1816, Harry was being held as a 'Prisoner for Debt' in the King's Bench Prison, Surrey, awaiting his case to be heard at the Guildhall, Westminster during the following month.

The 1846 Tithe Apportionment recorded that Higher Sleight was owned by Lord of Kingston Manor, William Jones Prowse, who had inherited huge land holdings in the area. The farm, at this time, was let to James Tucker. Higher Sleight was described as pasture for grazing livestock and measured 8a 2r 20p.

During the 1860s, a Mr Sawtell was the tenant farmer. During the 1870s Robert Chard farmed Longcroft Farm, and during this period the farm was afflicted with a foot & mouth disease outbreak. In June 1879, Chard was declared a bankrupt. The next tenant farmer was William Hardy. By January 1908 Hardy had died and was followed, certainly between 1910 and 1921, by Herbert James Pearce. During the early 1920s Longcroft Farm, including Higher Sleight, went through a series of auction sales and sales by private treaty. Higher Sleight (Parcel 1105) was sold off separately from the farm.

Higher Sleight (Parcel 1105) was bounded to the north by Preston Plucknett parish (detached) and Lower Sleight (Parcel 1106), to the east by Stone Lane, to the south by Combe Street Lane and to the west by West Leaze (Parcel 1103).


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