Modern farm

The current farm buildings are what remains of a mixed farm that over a number of years reduced its landholding and therefore its viability. The estate that at one point comprised 125 acres was sold off in parts, firstly for gravel extraction and then for construction of the large warehouses to the west of the site.

During the 1950s to 1980s many temporary agricultural structures such as corrugated steel and asbestos barns and four circular grain silos were erected.

These have been recorded and removed to create space for the new countywide Archaeological Archive Resource Centre.

The nature of farming undertaken has changed over the years and buildings have been reused repeatedly. If you look at the walls of some of the buildings, you will see blocked doors and windows as the uses to which the farmer wanted to put them changed. The lower courtyard, for example, had workers cottages in it some of which were converted into garages in the twentieth century.
The land around the farm was used for a mixture of pasture for castle and ploughing for cereals.

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about 2 days ago

Tim Allen on Twitter

Yes there is lots of amazing buried archaeology on our site, not least the whole of a Roman walled small town. https://t.co/5fqc0KXbmb

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about 2 months ago

Nene Valley on Twitter

Many thanks and we are glad you enjoyed it. A bit of dry weather is what we need so wellies aren’t so essential! https://t.co/xjkvlBq434

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about 3 months ago

Managing the farm

Thanks Jayne! It was lovely to talk to Mr Dickinson, the former estate manager, last year. Read more plus a lovely pic of Jayne as a child. https://t....

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Chester Farm

about 3 months ago

R Neil Marshman on Twitter

It certainly is. The special & unusual thing about the site is that it offers evidence from nearly all periods across the last 10,000 years or thereab...

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Chester Farm

about 4 months ago

R Neil Marshman on Twitter

Many apologies. The ‘cursus publicus’ is essentially a set route along which #Roman imperial messengers and messages were sent. Our small walled town ...

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Chester Farm

about 4 months ago

Chester Farm on Twitter

That is, the cursus publicus. So we curse auto correct! https://t.co/lg02C343Lo

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