Poplar Farm


   Poplar Farm nestles amongst the gently rolling hills to the north east of Newbury. 


Being less than five miles from the M4 / A34 junction, it is ideally placed for transporting the carriages and the horses to any location within Berkshire and the surrounding counties.




Poplar Farm has been in Clive’s family for four generations, since his grandfather purchased it in 1906. 


Horses have always been an integral part of the farm, and the breeding and training skills have been passed down from generation to generation. 


Clive, seen here having a roadside snack with Mardi and Clifford, continues to put this experience to good use with his complete carriage hire service.    


The listed farmhouse was built in 1666 and is still occupied in 2008 by a member of the Collins family, 4 generations with a continuous occupancy over a period of 98 years.


The Collins family history can be traced all the way back to Portsmouth in the 1700's.


From Portsmouth they moved to Headley (near Alton) and then to areas around Penn Street in Buckinghamshire.


In October 1910, Alfred and his wife Mary Jane (nee Stroud) with son Cyril moved from Buckinghamshire to Cold Ash and rented Poplar Farm which they eventually purchased.


Alfred wrote daily and completed 28 diaries during his life (he died on 6th September 1944).


These diaries describe aspects of life on this small dairy farm in Cold Ash, Berkshire, England.

His entries portray daily responsibilities including wages paid and monies obtained for selling stock at the local market and family activies. 


Recollections are made of various people involved and other local events.






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