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William Stone & The Park

The Farm

Stone acquired Leigh Farm (Prospect Farm) in 1863. He paid £2,548 3s 8d. To Thomas Pemberton and the estate of the late Ebenezer Johnston.

The farm at the time of the sale measured a little over 117 acres and abutted onto the Leigh Park Estate.

By the time Stone came to sell the Estate in 1874 the farm measured over 160 acres.

The workman and their families were well cared for and even had an annual supper celebration:

'On Friday last the employees and workmen on the Leigh Park Farm, numbering between 70 and 80 sat down to their annual supper at Leigh Farm. Mr Carter (Farm Baliff) took the chair, supported by Mr Young (Head Gardener). The loyal and complimentary toasts were drank, coupled with the name of Mr. W.H. Stone, Esq., M.P. and family. A most pleasant evening being spent by all. The following day a match of cricket was played by the men between “Single v Married,” the former proving victorious.'

Hampshire Telegraph, 29 September 1869


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