Green Farm, Breadstone.

The name Breadstone is derived from Broadestone (Bradestone) and I presume that at some point there must have been a large standing stone possibly situated on the Green.  The Green from which the name of the farm was derived had long disappeared but it is seen on old maps and was situated in the non wooded area on the map above in front ( ie to the South West) of Green Farm and Walnut Cottage and across the road. It must have been enclosed at some point.  

The trees shown are mostly cider orchards, apples and pears.  In the southwest corner of the farm yard there was a building housing a large round stone mill for crushing apples and a cider press for extracting the juice.

It was a dairy farm and there was a large dairy on the north side with a large loft and a room for storing cheeses above.  Above the door was a sign saying “Cheefe Room”. The living quarters at the front consisted of a kitchen with a a large open fireplace and a scullery behind. In the middle was a hall way from the front to the back and the main stairs.  To the left of the hall was the sitting room.  Above there were two large bedrooms and a small wood panelled one in the middle. In the bedroom to the south there was a small fireplace which was surrounded by very old tiles.  The tiles had a royal cipher of the Order of the Garter "Honi soit qui mal y pense”, literally “Shame on him who thinks evil of it”.

Long after we had left and the farm house became a chicken house, Cedric Nielson who was researching cheese making in Gloucestershire was shown the tiles and had them identified by Gloucester Museum.  It turned out that they were medieval and made for Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham, between 1510-1521.  He was executed in 1521 at Tower Hill in London.  The tiles were looted from the half built Thornbury Castle by local farmers who had suffered heavy taxation from the Duke. (Glevensis 30 1997 Pages 11-12. Cedric Nielson).

On the wall next to the fireplace in the kitchen was an extremely old wooden cupboard.  In each end there was a hole which enabled two people to carry it by inserting a pole all the way through.  I still have it and have often wondered whether this was used to carry away the tiles.  I have also wondered whether the panels in the small bedroom came from the castle as well.

The tiles are in Gloucester museum but four are on the wall of St. Mary’s Church, Berkeley.

The Glevensis note is reproduced here [Glevensis Note]  

There are some inaccuracies:  

The photograph of the house is reversed.

We lived in Green Farm during the 1940s and 1950s.

Cheese Making

V. Cedric Nielsen has written articles on how these houses were designed and used for cheese production. See Industrial Archaeology vol. 5 number 2 May 1968. Cheese making and Cheese Chambers in Gloucestershire p162-170. They were of course used to make the famous Double and Single Gloucester Cheeses from the rich pasture lands of the Severn and Berkeley Vales and old Gloucester cows.   Double Gloucester was made from the morning's milk with part of the evening's milk or the cream of the evening's milk. These were typically 12-25 lb, required a period of ripening and were sold at cheese fairs. Single Gloucester was made from the morning's milk or from the skimmed evening's milk and were 9-12lb, were faster ripening and mainly used for domestic consumption.

Photographs of Green Farm in the 1940s and 1950s (black and white) and in the 1970s (colour).

Below are some family photographs which show the farm buildings. In front of the house was a small garden with roses and in front of that there was a large enclosed farmyard surround by farm buildings as shown on the map.  The photographs are in order starting from the road and going along the left of the farm yard and ending with the buldings on the right.  The colour photographs are from Mary Slinger nee Attwood who owned the property after we had left.


My father George Barrell on the drive with the distinctive square threshing house with pyramid roof surmounted by stone ball.  This building is mentioned in Pevesner. (The Buildings of England. ed. by Nikolous Pevesner. Gloucestershire and the Forest of Dean). Painted on the wall inside was : ???? is a witch”, unfortunately nobody can remember the name.

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1970s view of the Threshing House with Martin and Mary Slinger.

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Another 1970s view showing the buildings on the other side of the farmyard with Slinger family.

View of the other side of the threshing house and of the buildings housing the cider mill and press.


My mother Freda Barrell in front of the cow sheds.

My brother Peter James Barrell.

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My mother and grandmother Elizabeth Kemshaw and George and Elsie Charlton nee Barrell with me.


Me and brother Peter (and dung heap!)


My father and Peter

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Me or Peter in porch of farm house

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My bother Peter in front of the pigsties on the left of the farm house.

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Me and dog Flash and cat BigFeet in garden.

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Me and my grandmother Elizabeth Kemshaw nee Davis Smith in porch

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Landlord Ernest Williams (Hairy Willy) taking photograph.

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My mother in front of the paddock on the right of the farm yard

© Barclay Barrell 2014