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Question Date :

Saturday 2nd April 2005 10:38

Question:
What is the history of Cues Farm in Bishopstone? Who was the first and last "Cue" to own it? When did it cease to become a working farm?

Answer:
Cue's Farm in Bishopstone, north Wiltshire, was named after John Cue. In 1791 he was farming three separate lots of copyhold land, Chowles', Garrads' and Roses', and these, with five other copyhold lands, later became Cue's Farm. In Bishopstone a copyhold consisted of a house, farmyard, barn, cowshed, garden and orchard, and strips in the common fields. They were survivors of the medieval system and by the 18th century many were leased and not farmed by their actual owners. The thatched farmhouse is 18th century.

There was a Thomas Cue faring in the village in the 1850s but there are no Cues mentioned for Bishopstone in the 1867 directory. The farm was a working farm in 1939, when it was classified as being over 150 acres, but I have no information after that date.

Bibliography:
Introduction to the History of Bishopstone, by G.I. Parker, 1985

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