Chairman’s Report May 2017


Rather than continue in this update with the retrospective of the Estate Committee minutes I thought I would address some matters of wider general interest discussed at the last committee meeting. It was raised that apparently, those who view Stocksfield Matters on Facebook occasionally link to the committee’s website. The website has shown to be a great source of information not only for those wishing to carry out modifications to their property but also contains interesting historical documents relating to the Painshawfield Estate.

Having now received the collection of photos of Stocksfield in times past so kindly donated by Alan and Rosina Brown we shall be uploading them on a regular basis in the coming months. The photographs generally attract comments relating them to current views – any comments anyone cares to make will be gratefully received.

We were interested to come across some telegram negotiations from 1904 whereby a local committee – of farmers rather than the estate committee members – sought to hire a wolf hunter to kill a wolf thought to pose a threat in the area. Terms could not be agreed because the Hexham based hunter insisted on the right to retain the body of the said wolf and the committee felt this was their prerogative. We can but hope the progeny do not still roam abroad.

By |June 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|

Chairman’s News January 2017


On behalf of the Estate Committee may I wish you all Happy New Year.

During the last quarter of 2016 no less than nine houses were sold on the estate. On behalf of the Estate Committee I should like to welcome all newcomers – who by reason of the operation of the Deed of Mutual Covenants of 1895 automatically become covenantors and thereby benefit from the provisions of the Deed which have been enjoyed by owners of the properties on the estate ever since. The character and amenity of the estate have been created and protected by successive Estate Committees continuously since the first meeting on 30 May 1895. For 122 years Estate Committees have given effect to the wishes of the covenanters as to how they choose to self-regulate the density and character of building development on the 215 acres which constitute the – to give it its full title – Painshaw Field, Batt House and Birches Nook Estate.

Painshaw Field, Batt House and Birches Nook were three separate farms. The estate would have had to incorporate a further name had Merryshields Farm not been withdrawn from the original auction.

The three farms were purchased for the princely sum of £6000.

The 215 acres were noted to consist of 120 acres grassland, 35 acres woodland, 57 acres arable land and 3 acres of existing roads, houses and waste land.

To return to the ongoing exercise of including extracts from Estate Committee meeting minutes in these newsletters I shall turn to the meetings of 28 January and 9th February 1897. Both meetings were held at Lockhart’s cafe in Neville Street, Newcastle. By this time the committee had addressed various major issues pertaining to the estate and were able to […]

By |January 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Chairman’s Report November 2016


There being little news of substance relating to the estate I shall restrict this update to further extracts from Estate Committee minutes, in particular the missing bench.


It is a little history of the estate to bear in mind if you find yourself struggling up “Adams Bank “and perhaps wishing that the Estate Committee had at some time since 1896 taken up the opportunity to place a seat on that small corner of land at the top of the hill donated by Edward Adams that now contains the Apperley Road sign.


Between the 23 November 1895 and 24 October 1896 the Estate Committee conducted meetings at the Temperance Hotel which used to stand opposite the Stocksfield railway station. Little was discussed other than the allocation of lots, the fixing of building lines, the positioning of roadways and securing a water supply to all properties on the estate.


On 24 October 1896 Mr Adams offered to provide a small corner of ground on which to place a seat. It is not evident from the minutes whether or not a seat was ever to be placed at the top of what is still colloquially referred to as “Adams Bank”, the short steep hill at the bottom of Apperley Road. Mr. Adam’s offer represented something of an attempt at rapprochement between him and his fellow covenanters, in that in the preceding 12 months there had been issues of dispute which evidently led to exasperation, high dudgeon and strong words during meetings. The genesis and subject matter of this dispute is now difficult to precisely identify absent the plans with which Mr Adams was particularly concerned. Various extracts from the minutes nonetheless give something of the flavour of the atmosphere that […]

By |November 2nd, 2016|Uncategorized|