Bretton, Flintshire - Farming

Farming

The land surrounding the village has been used for farming for several hundred years. The land that lies to the south of the village was part of the Eaton Estate belonging to the Grosvenor family, the land to the north of the village was part of the Gladstone Estate, formerly belonging to the Glynne family. Several farming properties and tied cottages carry emblems or design features of these estates.

Many diverse farming practices have been seen during the 20th and 21st century these include traditional arable and small herd dairy farming, intensive pig farming and turf farming.

Catherine Farm (and Mary Farm in nearby Broughton, Flintshire) disappeared from the landscape when the Vickers Armstrong aircraft factory was built in 1939.

Farms-
Bretton Hall
- The boundary between Bretton in Wales and Dodleston in England cuts through the corner of this farmland.
Bretton Hall Farm
- former Grosvenor Estate farm with distinctive John Douglas (architect) style design features, now converted into offices available for rental.
Hopes Place
-empty property, not farmed
Hopes Place Farm
- former Grosvenor Estate farm with distinctive John Douglas (architect) style design features, now family owned dairy farm. Suggestion is made that the Hope family descended from Hugh Hope of Hawarden and that Place is a corruption of the Welsh word plas meaning 'large house or mansion'. In several instances in the Parish Registers it is given as if the name of a township.
Holly Bush Farm
- former Grosvenor Estate farm, demolished in the late 1960s and rebuilt, former pig farm now free range poultry.
Well House Farm
- private residence, farm outbuildings converted into offices.
Brook Farm
- owned by Flintshire County Council and renamed Welsh: Tri Ffordd providing training and hands on work experience for adults with learning difficulties who interested in horticulture.
Digby Farm
- now a Caravan Club touring caravan site.
Elm Farm
- family owned dairy farm, with outbuildings designed by John Douglas (architect).
Bretton Farm
- converted, along with the outbuildings, into private residences.
Bretton House Farm
- private residence, former veterinary surgery, farm outbuildings demolished in 1977 for a new house adjacent.
Bretton Lodge Farm
- family owned arable farm.
Springfield Farm
- former poultry farm, now private residence.

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