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Phypers farmhouse, Dry Drayton (RGL 2022)

Phypers farmhouse, Dry Drayton

History of Phypers farmhouse

This was once the post office. The original Phypers lived in the village in C18th but had ceased to farm by the time of the 1811 enclosure award.

1886: Theophilus Binge, aged 13, had a fatal accident on the farm which severed his leg.

Early C20th: home of Arthur Frohock whose uncle Jacob Frohock farmed and lived at Grange Farm in Lolworth.

According to the Dry Drayton Millennium history, There was only one building for farm workers on Phypers Farm, Bar Farm now located in Bar Hill. Phillip Dodson, a horse-keeper, lived there all alone. In 1899 he fell from a manure cart and died in hospital. On the day of the funeral the track to the remote house was so muddy the horse-drawn hearse could not reach it. So, Dodson’s favourite horse was used to pull a cart on which the coffin was laid on corn sacks to reach the churchyard.

Arthur Frohock went bankrupt in the 1930s and Chivers bought most of the land which was then sold to the Bar Hill developers.

Arthur Frohock had been prosperous, employing three maids and a manservant. each Friday he gave out the wages at the back of the farmhouse himself. ‘Gallows Piece to Bee Garden’ recalls that when Bill Carlton got married one afternoon in 1939, Frohock told him to come and milk the cows after the service. After he went bankrupt he took on a milk round in the village.

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