Envirocare Grounds Maintenance’s New Inn Farm history

July 04, 2013

Envirocare Grounds Maintenance’s Head Office is steeped in interesting history.  We would love you to take this journey with us, when we share with you a little of what we know about the past of…New Inn Farm.

In 1936 the British Government began to re-arm, in the face of threats of World War.  A massive munitions factory was to be built on the farm lands in the area, taking over a  928 acres – a total of 7 farms and amongst them was New Inn Farm.

Each of the families of the farm houses were forced to vacate their homes and the farms would stand empty for many years to come.  The once beautiful farm buildings, which were taken care of as beloved homes would become ruined shells, destroyed and weathered by 40,000 munition workers entering them every day.

As World War II came to an end and the munitions plant started to become redundant and became empty.  As time passed the condition of the farm houses suffered – they each needed someone to come along and restore the buildings back to their former glory.

Phil Harrington, Director of Envirocare Grounds Maintenance fell in love with one such building and after buying New Inn Farm, he carefully restored the farm and its barns and they now make up our Head Office.

It is wonderful being able to work in such a place and our visitors always comment on what a beautiful building it is as soon as they enter the reception area.  The original beams and brickwork are all proudly on display in each of our farm buildings and barns and they will never have to go without TLC again!

*Extracts taken from; “Jones Farm on Dawson Lane” by Jack Winrow, which gives a more detailed account of all of the farms which were affected by the war in the area and can be bought from de winter press paris publishing.



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