Monday, October 20, 2014

A Brief History of Corringales Farm, between Hatfield Heath and Hatfield Broad Oak

My 6th great grandfather James Bingham (1711- 1795) Willed his grandson James Bingham (1775 - 1831) "the farms at Little Hallingbury & held of the Manor of Monkbury". I think this was called Ongar Farms - 62acres.  I think that Ongar Farm was then lumped together in 1795 with Corringales (pronounced Skringels?) Farm, Parish of Little Hallinbury 200acres.  

Below is an historical account of Corringales Farm, written Liz Wright, in the Hatfield Heath Village Magazine, January 2007 edition 


"The first known mention of Corringales is in a charter of 1217 which records that Corringhall was granted by Henry II to Hugo de Neville of Great Hallingbury. In 1600, Corringales, now in the ownership of the Barringtons, was let to George Dorrington. Some of the fields are named including; Howstreet field and mead, Thornescroft, Betsmore mead, and a wood called West

In 1654 there was need of repairs and renovation to the farm and Edward Marrable was paid for “removing the carte House and Driveinge & Grancellinge of it & removing of the pales from the dwelling house between ye Bearne & the hous & two Hen housen” and “Two hogscoates & for a Sestarne House” [pales = fencing; grancel = groundsill or timber at the base of the walls; hogscoate = pig sty; sestarne = cistern.] by 1716 George Dorrington seems to hold the freehold of Corringales. The family was also farming Ongars, and Waters farms.

From 1766 the farm, still a Barrington property, was tenanted by Peter Pain and, until the 1790s, was combined with Ongars. In 1795 James Bingham took over the farm until his death in around 1834 when he was followed by George Gentry. He was soon followed by Edmund Mansfield who seems to have bought the farm when it was sold in 1841.

The sale catalogue described it as:
“A Farm-House containing a keeping room, Pantry, two Butteries, Dairy, Seven Bedrooms, and three attics Yard and pump of water therein together with the following agricultural Buildings viz. Granary, Woodhouse, and Brewhouse, Barley and Wheat barns, new stable for six horses, Chaff and Harness Houses, new Cow-house for six cows, waggon-lodge, Piggeries and poultry houses and 171a 3r 0p of Productive Arable & Pasture land lying within a ring fence.....The farm is in the occupation of Mr James Mansfield a respectable tenant at a rent of £190 per annum.”

After his death his widow, Elizabeth seems to have sold the farm to Henry Eade whose wife, Martha, continued to farm there after his death in 1857. She sold Corringales to the Millbank brothers in 1869 and the farm remained in the family until 1926 when it was bought by the Hallingbury Hall estate. After the Second World War it ceased to be a farm in its own right and became the property of the Cmdr. and Mrs Parkinson. Since that time it has been a private home."

Written by Liz Wright 

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