Families of the Lyth Valley

South Low

South Low

South Low Farm

Originally a small farm built on the long house style. The first known occupant, John Harrison, was recorded as the inhabitant in 1587. The farmhouse had been built on raised ground so as to be free from flooding and was also close to the old road connecting Crosthwaite and Witherslack, with easy access to the river Gilpin for a supply of animal drinking water. The Townson family owned the property for 200 years, 1666 – 1861 and in this time added to the size of the house by building extensions. They also erected a new barn, a necessity due to the extra acreage received during the Heversham Award allocation.

1871 Census - James Trotter and his wife Anne (nee Anne Hartley) were the next to farm South Low where they raised a family, one of whom was Hartley Trotter, grandfather of John Hartley Trotter. Mrs Anne Trotter died at an early age and their son Daniel married Bessie Jackson of Row Farm and they took over the tenancy. They vacated the farm to farm at Oxenholme Farm near Kendal.

1881 British Census

James TrotterAge 45Farmer of 43 acres
Sarah TrotterAge 13Daughter of James
Daniel TrotterAge 11Son of James (scholar)
Hannah TrotterAge 8Daughter of James (scholar)
Hartley TrotterAge 6Son of James (scholar)
Bella TrotterAge 5Daughter of James (scholar)

Saturday, 13 June 1894 new burial ground at Crosthwaite Church consecrated by the Bishop. James Trotter of South Low contributed 10s. 0d. towards the cost of draining the burial ground.

In 1908 - Gazette report – an accident at Trotter’s hill (South Low) when a motor vehicle ran into a horse and cart belonging to Thomas Strickland. The horse sustained a broken leg and had to be shot. James Inman and James Inman junior of Draw Well gave evidence – they had been working near the scene - and stated that the vehicle was travelling at 30 miles per hour. Grandfather told John Hartley Trotter about when his father’s horse developed lameness he resorted to digging over an entire field next to the toll road with a spade – quite a task.

South Low - Owners and Tenants

1587Tenant John Harrison
1665Leonard Townson purchased South Low Farm from Myles Rowlandson 20 acres for £294 (eight shillings and four pence per year due to the Lord of the Manor
1667Leonard Townson and his wife Jenett died and left South Low to their younger son Thomas who was 20yrs old and apprenticed to a glove maker at Beckhead Witherslack
1668Thomas had an illegitimate child by Anne Cartmell
1669Thomas Townson allocated seating in the Chappel
1671Thomas Townson of South Low fined five shillings for disturbing the bracken mowers (bracken was burnt in kilns for potash essential for soap making and the wool trade evidence of a kiln at the bottom of Thorny orchard)
167217th August Thomas Townson married Agnes Garnett, Daughter of Wm Garnett. They had 2 children Agnes baptised 7th Feb 1672 and William baptised 11th October 1676 
1674Hearth tax had gone from 2 hearths to 3 (indicating that extensions to the house had been carried out)
1689Thomas Townson leased for £8 10s. 0d per year a neighbouring farm (probably Christopher Partners Tenement indicating that there could have been three farms in the cluster at the Low)
1700Thomas Townson died
1705Agnes Townson (wife of Thomas) passed South Low farm to her son William (1676 – 1745) where he farmed all his life
1709William married Margaret Barrow of Broadoak Crosthwaite. They had 10 children
1730Margaret Townson (Wife of William ) died 
1745William Townson died left 21 Beasts 4 Workhorses and some sheep
1745William Townson left South Low to his son Thomas
1749Thomas Townson died (unmarried) 
1749Leonard Townson (1727 – 1790) married Mary Dickinson at Cartmel Priory (they had seven children) and moved into South Low farm
1785Thomas Townson (son of Leonard) married Elizabeth Dickinson and lived in the Row. They had 2 children, Robert February 1786 and Ellen December 1786. Thomas farmed with his father Leonard at South Low
1790Leonard Townson died aged 63
1793Thomas Townson died aged 35. In his will his son Robert was to inherit South Low Farm at the age of 21.
1797Robert Townson his sister Ellen and Mother Betty (Elizabeth) moved into South Low.  George Bennett aged 23 came to manage the farm
1797George Bennett married Betty Townson 11th December. They had two children daughter Isabella 7 January 1798 and son George 23 November 1802. George continued to farm at South Low until 1815. Betty died 1835
1819Robert Townson (son of Thomas and Betty Townson) married Mary Wilson 13 May 1819, daughter of John and Elizabeth of Low Farm. They moved into South Low and had 5 children. Robert was granted 3 fields (10 acres ) under the Heversham Award making the farm 35 acres.
1861Census Robert and Mary Townson South Low Farm
1860sRobert Townson sold South Low Farm to Mr Argles
1861(Census) Robert and Mary Townson farming South Low
1871(Census) James and Ann Trotter, farming 43 acres
1881(Census) James Trotter and five children (wife deceased)
1901(Census) Daniel Trotter aged 31 and Bessie Trotter (formerly Bessie Jackson of Row Farm) farming at Low Farm.
1910Joe Park married Margaret Martindale. They had 2 sons and 2 daughters – Dennis, Edgar, Clara and Betty
1926Joe Park purchased South Low Farm, 35 acres, from Argles for £1,660. Previously rent had been £88
1946M B Hodgson sale of 41 cattle, horses and implements for Joe Park
1947Edgar Park farmer
1964Mrs Joe Park died, funeral 30 April 1964
1965Joe Park died
1992Annie Park died
2000Edgar Park died. He willed a barn and adjacent field and “thorny” orchard to Lynda Smith, a second orchard and 2 adjacent meadows to Colin Park
200012 May - Kendal Town Hall - Michael C L Hodgson offered South Low farmhouse and orchard for sale. Bid to £200,000 – not sold. Later sold privately to Mr & Mrs John Sceal
2000Field at Toll Bar road end, 3.92 acres, sold to Ann Wilson for £12,000
2000Swan Nest, 6.14 acres, sold to Mr Gibson for £18,000
2000Nabs, 6.32 acres, sold to Mr J Hewitson for £18,000
2000Tunnel lot, 4.67 acres, sold to Mr Edmondson for £13,500
2010Mr & Mrs John Sceal owners of South Low House