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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.

In 1871 William Collett Phypers is aged 14, and living with his widowed father, sister Catherine 13, mother in law Dinah Phypers widow 64, and Mary A Collett sister in law 50 unmarried.

In 1881 William Collett Phypers’s father, William, widower,  b 1829 Dry Drayton, was a farmer of 400 acres at Caldecote. He is living with his mother in law, Dinah Phypers, aged 74, born Long Stanton.

It is not clear where William Collett Phypers is in 1881. In 1885 he married Frances Emily Tibbitin Caxton. She had previously lived in Tadlow (1881), Dry Drayton (1871) and Willingham (1861). The couple had one son, Francis William Phypers (1885-1917). The mother, Frances Emily died in Dry Drayton in November 1885.

Francis ‘Frank’ Phypers, Dry Drayton

Francis seems to have gone to live with his grandfather, William Phypers a farm bailiff in Hadstock, Essex, according to the 1891 Census. In 1901 Francis is a dairyman in Ilford and in 1911, a milk carrier in Woodford, Essex.


William Collett Phypers, 34, farmer, b Dry Drayton

William Phypers

Anne Jane Phypers née Kidman, 25, b Dry Drayton

Ann Kidman

Annie K, 1 m, b Dry Drayton

Sarah Ann Dilley, 13, servant, b Dry Drayton


By 1901 William and Ann Phypers had moved to Helions Bumpstead in Essex where William was still a farmer. At this time their children were Annie, 10, Edith 7 and Harold 2. They would go on to have another child Arthur in 1906.



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