Redevelopment of Bullock and Driffill site

High Street - Barkestone Lane

By David Middleton

The aerial photograph shows the site when occupied in the 1950′s by the building contractor W. J. Roberts. Bullock and Driffill took over the site in the late 1960s. Before expansion of the site there were cottages on the left hand side of Barkestone Lane. Mr. Dennis Jackson remembers that in the 1930s Mr. Norris’s blacksmith shop was on the corner of High Street and Barkstone Lane.
Bottesford Living History Archive - Michael Honeybone Collection
Pay Day. Outside W. J. Roberts 20th October 1958
W. J. Robert's Workforce, High Street Bottesford 20th October 1958
Clearance of the Chip Shop site in the 1960's - the half demolished cottages to the rear and the cow sheds behind No.5 can also be seen. It also shows the Barn before conversion to commercial premises
Barkestone Lane woodworking shops on site of cottages
The Demolition of Bullock and Driffill captured by Peggy Topps, 2nd May 1998
Site clearance
Barkestone Lane housing on the former Bullock & Driffill site
This page was added on 11/12/2006.

Comments about this page

  • I presume Debdale Lodge/Farm on Barkstone Lane is long gone. I’ve traced my ancestors, the Harvey family to this lodge with the help of the 1861 Census. William and Ann Harvey were Agricultural labourers. Any images of this old farm or the Lodge would be gratefully received, thank you.

    By Alison Thorp (07/02/2017)
  • Hello Alison,
    Thanks for contacting us. I recall that around the turn of the century Debdale Farm was occupied by the James family. Since then the house has been demolished. There is a copse of trees on the site now. Neil

    By Neil Fortey (09/02/2017)
  • I found reference to my great-uncle, John Daybell ROBINSON in the Grantham Journal – Friday 16 May 1947 p4, indicating he owned a farm in Barkstone Lane. It was being advertised for sale at auction following his death.
    Described as “valuable FREEHOLD Compact Small Farm, situated at BARKESTONE LANE BOTTESFORD extending an area of 64. 793 ACRES, now let to Mr. E. Jessen at an Annual Rent of 90 pounds comprising the Brick-built and Tiled Farm House containing Sitting Room, Living Room, Three Bed- rooms, Large Scullery with Sink and Cooking Range, Dairy, Outside Coal Store, and the usual out-offices.The Farm Buildings include Cart Shed, Three Cow Sheds. Granary, Two-bay Open Shed, Two Calf Houses , and Open Stock Shed, together with the Excellent Arable and Pasture Land.
    SCHEDULE Ord No. Description. Acres 705 Pasture 16.000
    706 Ditto 8.987715. 716 Farm House720 & 721 and Buildings. Arable and Pasture 18.387 725 Arable 21.419 Total Acreage 64.793 For further particulars, apply to the Auctioneers. 38. WestgateGrantham (Phone 44) or to . HENRY THOMPSON & SONS. Solicitors, Grantham.” For your interest.

    By Sharon Burke (17/06/2019)

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