Taken from Leigh Alstons article
on "Wind and Watermills"
Tany Manor and Park can be recorded as far back as circa 1300.
There were many Watermills recorded along the stretch of Assington
Moat Farm may well have been the site of site of such a device
Assington Brook may possibly have dried up during the summer months
and then iit would have been known as a "Winter Mill"
However, this is speculation but a possibility.
Earliest Known date recorded of the
Tithe map of 1837.
Here its just called "The Moat"
Henry Dalton, occupier ( but not the owner)
of Moat Farm 1855
The Census 1881 then records
the Land Owner as Sir Joshua Rowley and still occupied by Henry
Jonathon Warden (53) , Tenant Farmer,
Emma (50) wife
Jonathon Warden (63)Tenant Farmer
Emma (60) Wife
Jonathon warden (73 Tenant Farmer
Emma wife dies 1898
Early in the 1900`s Moat Farm was owned
by the Bristol Estate at Bury, owner of Ixworth Hall
In 1901, Jonathon Jnr (39) was a
Tenant Farmer at Over Hall Farm
Elizabeth (40) Wife
***Walter ( aged 15, see below)
Jonathon Warden Snr farmed Moat Farm circa
1881 - 1922
***Later farmed by Charles & Kate Warden,
together with his brothers Edgar and Walter circa 1922/25 to possibly
Edgar actually owned Moat Farm, the other two were tenants or workers.
One of the men who worked for my grandfather was Charlie Baldwin, father
of Betty Hayward -
Walter was the father of Ralph (George's
uncle), Edgar never married.
The nine children of Charles and Kate were:-
Lilian, Harry ( Killed in Action) , Myrtle, Dorothy, Brenda, Margery,
Edgar, Freda, and Rita (my mother).+
Sir Joshua Rowley
The land owner (
possibly Joshua Rowley) not only owned Moat Farm but Over Hall, Hole(Hold)
Farm and Maltings Farm
Joshua Rowley private residence was Tendring Hall near to Stoke by Nayland
Courtesy of Marion Clampin who kindly
supplied all the information on the Warden family
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