|Particulars, Plans and Conditions of Sale
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| Plan no.1 of the Outlying Portions of the Rendlesham Estate
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Clayton (John's grandfather and Isaac's younger brother) bought Rookery Farm (Lot 4) in 1920, the same year Isaac bought Oak Farm, rather than at the Rendlesham Estate auction. Clayton passed it down through his youngest son Plant, and in turn through his youngest son John, who now farms it with his youngest Ben."Of the Mill House, Saxmundham Road. His death took place on Sunday [14-May-1922] following a paralytic seizure about a month ago in his 71st year. He spent his early years at Bedfield and then settled at Framlingham by taking over the Oak Farm, and subsequently the Rookery Farm, which he relinquished a few years ago on his retirement.
He leaves a widow and a large family of sons and daughters, most of whom are lucratively engaged in farming and kindred industries in the district."
"The development of the Rendlesham estate was made problematic by the after-effects of a complicated will left by the first Lord Rendlesham in 1797.108 This ensured that his descendants had little room to manoeuvre, and there does not appear to have been any significant attempt to increase the size of the property which was, in any case, considerable. Lord Rendlesham was the chief landowner in the parishes of Rendlesham, Butley, Capel St Andrew, Eyke and Wantisden, and also owned individual parcels of land in a number of other parishes." [Macd2017]
108 Roberts, W. M., Lost Country Houses of Suffolk, p130.
linen-backed map shown on the left below covers the same land as the
present-day Oak Farm
120 years before the Rendlesham Estate sale. At that time the land was
owned by Samuel Kilderbee and occupied by Samuel King. The map was
updated in 1819 to add more
land, presumably land that Kilderbee had bought in the intervening time,
specifically the group of fields to the west numbered 17-19 (Long,
Little and Great Wabbs) and the
strip of fields in Great Glemham to the East of the parish boundary
(numbered 20-24, Framlingham Field, Queen Mary's Wood, Horse Close and
The first three Wabbs fields had become part of Rookery farm by the
1914 Rendlesham Estate sale, and today they are one field, still called
Great Wabbs, and still part of Rookery Farm. The Glemham fields were not part
Rendlesham Estate sale, so they were probably sold into neighbouring
Pound Farm before Oak Farm was brought into the Rendlesham estate. You
can see which fields were added by the slightly different black
ink, with red tinges around it (and the schedule on the map lists the
The name Samuel had been given to three generations of Kilberbee's.
Grandfather Samuel ran a drapery business in Framlingham (made
successful by the Great Granfather, Francis). Grandfather Samuel died in
1777 and was buried in Framlingham. Samuel the father (1725-1813) was
a patron of the artist Thomas Gainsborough, and an Ipswich lawyer, who became town clerk of Ipswich [SKilderbee].
He held the Manor of Glemham and lived at North Glemham House
(present-day Great Glemham House). Samuel the father left his wealth to
his surviving son, the Reverend Samuel Kilderbee (1759-1847). Samuel the
son was appointed rector of Campsea Ashe in 1784 [SKCampsea]. It is
not known which Samuel the map refers to - probably the father for the
1794 map and the son for the 1819 updates, or maybe the son for both.
The nearby wood on Rookery farm still bears the name Kilderbee's Grove.
I found this map in in the papers of my Grandad, Jack Larter. It was surveyed by the prolific Woodbridge cartographer,
Isaac Johnson. By a stroke of luck, while browsing through maps in the
Suffolk Records Office, I found the sketch map on the right, which Isaac
Johnson had drawn up in 1802 [1802a]. It is probably Johnson's survey sketches for some of the 1819 additions.
By 1840, the Parham Tithe survey [1840a]
lists Spencer Horsa de Horsey as the owner of the fields on the 1819
map above. Horsa is presumably the tithe clerk's misspelling of Horsey,
because Spencer Horsey de Horsey was the younger Kilderbee's son (he changed his
name to his mother's maiden name by deedpoll [SHdeHorsey]).
oldest reference in our deeds for Oak Farm that I have found so far is a
sale by Edward James Dawkins to Lord Rendlesham in 1859. So I assume
at some point between 1840 and 1859 Horsey sold to Dawkins. Given Horsey
was a Tory MP, Dawkins
might have been the diplomat of the same name who hailed from that era