O is for Orchards

One orchard in Hasketon was brought to my attention because all the names of the trees are listed on a plan of it (V5/11/2a, 2b), and are part of a series of documents (V5/11/4), which relate to the lands of William Rouse Esq in Hasketon and Burgh purchased by him in 1808 from John Packard and others. Some of the land was then sold to Mr Fitzgerald.

The orchard measures 134 x 40 yards, approximately 1 acre and ½ rood. On the plans of the estate (V5/11/4.1 and V5/11/4.3) there are several orchards, the closest in size (plot 18b) measures 1 acre 27 perches.  A note next to 18b reads “taken out of Doolittle & planted in 1814”. A note regarding adjacent plot 17 Lower Wood reads “formerly a field, planted in 1814”. The plan of the orchard (V5/11/2.a) lists the trees planted in a nearby wood, does this refer to plot 17? Does the orchard plan show how those plots were planted in 1814 after they were sold?

OS map, 1884 (67/11)

OS map, 1884 (67/11)

Those plots are still covered by trees on the 1884 and 1927 Hasketon 25” ordnance survey maps (67/11). The farm across the lane is called Lower Wood. It would be interesting to see if there is a remnant of the orchard still there today.

For more about the survey and listing of historic orchards in Suffolk, visit the website for the Suffolk Traditional Orchards group