Prior to the ‘property boom’ in the last half of the nineteenth century the whole district of Churt was very sparsely populated.  The apportionment which accompanies the 1838 tithe map lists only 56 dwellings in the whole area.  These ranged from cottages to farmhouses.  About 20 of these were ‘farms’, none of them was very large.  There were no ‘big houses’ and no manor house.

Some of the old Elizabethan buildings still remain though much enlarged, but most of the older houses in Churt are no earlier than Victorian.

These are the farms named on the tithe map prepared in 1838:

Upper Hatch Farm (now Road Farm), Kitts Farm, Lidiers (Butts Farm), Mayhews, Green Cross Farm, Smithers (Green Farm), Churt Farm (now Stock Farm), Marchants, Hyde Farm, Parkhurst Farm (wrongly labelled Hale House), College Farm (Hale House) and Bowles Farm (often called Bulls Farm).  Altogether 17 holdings were listed as ‘farms’ in the 1841 census return.  Many of these were marked on the Tithe map but not named.  These include Outmoor, Varnold Farm, Crosswater Farm and Redhearn (now Piper’s Puddle).

(Let us know if you are interested in researching the history of your house!)

Here are some of the original farms

Parkhurst Farm Pre-20s
Marchants Farm Pre-1939
Hyde Farm

And here are three of the Victorian cottages.
The cottages of this era are nearly all built of Bargate stone.


Varnold Farm


Oak Cottage


Moor Cottage (now Halemoor)

In 1893 the vicar made a perambulation of the village and noted down the houses and people in this little book.

This village walk is based on that book.