Farming in the 18th & 19th Centuries
with reference to Fristling Hall and Crondon Park in Stock, Essex, UK
Although I ’escaped’ from London many years ago, the countryside has never lost its fascination. This was an opportunity to study farming in some detail.
This study has encompassed so many issues, that much of the research material has had to be omitted in order to keep to the terms of reference. The two farms were chosen for their similarity for agricultural purposes, as well as both having been owned by the Petre family:they also had Scottish immigrant farmers in the late nineteenth century. I wished to find out how they followed or diverged from general farming trends in Essex.
Having lone this, I would find further interest in the early history of both manor farms which gives scope for investigation. I would also wish to find out more information about the history of the farmers. This in turn opens up speculation about the relationship of these and other farms It would be interesting to compare the fortunes of the large tenant farmers and the small owners of under fifty acres.
I am very grateful for the help and co-oneration given me by Mr. and Mrs William Orr and Mr. and Mrs. R Orr of Crondon Park, and also Mr.A.J. Smith and Mr A. Smith of Fristling Hall
My thanks, too, to Mr.J. Holmes and Mr. L.D Jarvis for lending a listening ear and for making helpful comments.
I am also indebted to the Essex Record Office for the use of facilities and for the help of the staff. Joy Leighton, 1982

Preface and Chapter 1
Agricultural Trends and Influences (600k)
Chapter 2
Fristling Hall (8.5M)
Chapter 3
Crondon Park (3.5M)
Conclusions and Apendices

Aerial Photo 1
Aerial Photo 2
Fristling Hall Barn 1
Fristling Hall Barn 2
Fristling Hall
Fristling Hall Farmhouse
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