History of Broadacre

1878 May 30th    Philip Wykeham-Martin Esq. of Leeds Castle, Kent dies. Cornwallis Wykeham-Martin inherits the Packwood estates.

1899 Mar 25th    Arthur Walwyn Burdett of Foremark, Knowle, redeems the land tax of 3s & 6d per annum for £5 5s plus 36p duty on the front fields and marl pits of the Packwood estate, which were being farmed by Edward Tallis and James Tallis.

1899 Dec 30th   Henry Aylesbury Walker Aylesbury of the Shails settlements sells to Arthur Burdett, roadside fields and marl pits, 6 acres 23 perches for £522.

1900 Oct 26th      Arthur W. Burdett sells to John Elwell, of Hillcote Knowle the same roadside fields and marl pits for £450. Not sure why it was so much less.

1907 Jul 2nd  Conveyance of Marlpit farm and Maes-y-Garnedd (now Woodford) and surrounding land to John Elwell for £2581 5s.

1907 Sunnydale a gentleman’s house and lodge are built by John Elwell

1911 Census lists as living at Broadacre Alfred Elwell (John Elwell’s father) & Kate Wilson Elwell his widow.


1916 Kate Wilson Oliver now re-married sells the estate to Eleanor M. Vaughan who is married to Arthur Vaughan for £3,000. Maes y Garnedd has been demolished and rebuilt as Woodford and is now owned by Mr G. W. Joyce.

1923 Sep 28th     Conveyance

Eleanor Margaret Vaughan to Sir Richard James Curtis for £5,500. The name of the house had been changed to Broadacre.

Woodford is owned by J Preston Hytch Esq.

1942 Sep 30th   Conveyance Lady Edith Lizzie Curtis to John Woolman for £7,250

1951 Lease of a field, from John Woolman to Shirley Cricket Club for 14 years from 1951 at £25 per annum. The club is now called Dorridge CC is a top local club and still leases the land at the same rental.


1973 Oct 9th  John Woolman dies, the estate passes to John F (Jack) Woolman who moves to Broadacre from Olton Road, Shirley, with his wife Enid Woolman and his elder son John G. Woolman. New greenhouses are built are and the nursery business moves to the field by the cricket club and builds 5 large greenhouses which attract occasional cricket balls!


1990 The chrysanthemum business moves first to Evesham and then King’s Lynn. It then becomes part of Mr Fothergill’s and the nursery is now at Spalding and the offices at Newmarket.


2001 Sep 17th   Jack Woolman dies aged 82.


2009 Aug 18th  Charlye the other brother & Cecile Woolman his wife retire from teaching in Kuala Lumpur and return to Broadacre


2011 Planning consent is granted to replace the greenhouses which have been standing empty for 10 years with 6 houses.


2013 Sep 2nd  Enid Woolman dies at home aged 93.

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