crouchley hall farm

  • Which came first ?

    So why does a farm that specialises in KellyBronze Turkeys and Wiltshire Horn sheep have an old print of a shire horse at the top of its web pages ? It's actually a nod to the history of Crouchley.

    For much of its existence the farm has been a traditional mixed enterprise. Then it spent some years under our father-in-law as a dairy farm, from 1946, with one of the very first herds of Ayrshire cows in Cheshire.

    But for most of the first half of the 20th Century Crouchley Hall Farm was the home of Mr James Gould's shire horse stud.

    He was a famous breeder and sold his horses from this farm literally all over the world. In 1907 he was exporting his grey shire horses to Iowa which must have taken an enormous amount of effort. He was also showing and selling his shires at the Royal Agricultural Show in Sydney in 1912. Much later Joyce Stranger’s book “Breed of Giants” although set in Cumberland was based on the stories of Mr Gould’s horses here at Crouchley.

    Possibly his most famous horse was born here in 1932 - Lymm Grey King. Natives of Lymm village were often referred to as "Lymm Greys" and I sometimes wonder whether Mr Gould's horses had anything to do with the nick name - which came first the chicken or the egg ?

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