Pondtail Farm, situated in Old School Lane, is owned and run by the Budd family, and here Michael tells us about its history and has kindly lent us many photographs and memories for this website.
Michael Budd: In the farm sale of 1921 my grandfather Robert Budd and Mr Holman who were tenants at Leighs Farm bought Pondtail Farm. In the second sale in the 1950s Robert bought Leighs Farm in his son's names.
There were three sons Ted, Arthur and Syd and five sisters. In 1963 Robert bought out the Holmans from Pondtail and his son Arthur Budd farmed it.
That was my father and I worked for him when I left school and eventually took over. I have now retired and the farmer is my son Keith Budd.
There are now ninety six acres of Pondtail plus what is left of Leighs Farm and parcels of land around the village making a total of two hundred and thirty acres. We have three hundred bullocks maize and arable.
The previous tenants bred carthorses and the large barns were once stables. The brick barn was wooden but a bomb fell close by in the War and blew all the planks off.
When the doodlebug landed in the coach road my father went to see if anyone was hurt and he found a dead rabbit. Along came Mr Marshall on his bike and as a joke my father said "Two bob for the rabbit" which was paid instantly! Food was short. The number of bombs that fell were probably directed at the Canadians who were camped on what is now the golf course. A time-bomb fell in the paddock.We did not know about it until it exploded later. Another did not explode and the army had to come to dispose of it.A bomb fell by the flag pole on the golf course but the flag was not damaged.
My first job when I left school was working with my father and he set me working to tile the Holman and Budd's barn in Middle Street where Barn Cottage now stands. In those days we had a mixed farm, grew potatoes, cerials spring wheat and spring barley often for cattle feed. In the winter we would concentrate on the coal business and in the summer when the coal deliveries were less we had more help on the farm from the Holmans and my father's brothers.
Images from Michael Budd:
The farm 1947
Family outing to Point to Point 1955
Growing up on the farm The current house was two cottages with
the Holmans one side and
the Budds the other. Jill Holman, Ann Budd now Clinch and Michael Budd
Land army during the War
Robert Budd on the right
Michael Budd and Margaret Hobden nee Trick
Syd Budd, father Robert and Arthur Budd 1937 at Ted's wedding
1947 German POW dropped off to work every day by lorry from Beare Green