Finger Post Cottage,
Eagle Cottage, Cross Cottage, Blacksmith Cottage
1839 PETER SHARP occupier. Owner Vernons Tithe Award See also information under Church Farm
Joseph Thrupp was a blacksmith and farrier who had regular employment by the Vernon Estate Shrawley Farm employees at least from 1888-1897. He took over the smithy sometime between 1861 and 1871
[1861 the blacksmith was Thomas Hill age 27, living in Bayliss Cross with his wife Mary and three small children; he must have taken over the forge when Joseph Thrupp, father of this Joseph Thrupp, died in 1860].
1871 age 22 blacksmith (one man) living in Bayliss Cross.
1881 age 32 blacksmith living in Bayliss Cross. with his wife Sophia age 38 and three children.
1891 age 42 blacksmith living in Bayliss Cross.with his wife and three children
1901 age 52 blacksmith living in Bayliss Cross. with his wife and two children
In June 1841 at Finger Post Cottage, John Tunkes (35) is a Labourer living with his wife Ellenor. They have two lodgers: Thomas Callow (15) and John Mitton (10) both Agricultural labourers.
In March 1851 at Eagle Cottage, Joseph Thrupp (41) is a blacksmith living with wife Frances (Fanny) (37) and 3 children: Henry (4) Joseph (2) and Mary (1)
In April 1861 at Bayliss Cross, Thomas Hill (27) is a blacksmith living with wife Mary (27) and 3 children: Caroline (4), James (2) and Alice (1 month)
Also recorded (though possibly at another nearby building) was William Teague (65) a Butcher with wife Ann (60) and two unmarried daughters: Jane (29) and Ellen (25) both Gloveresses.
In April 1871 at Cross Cottage, Joseph Thrupp (22) is an unmarried blacksmith with a lodger William Harper (31) an unmarried Agricultural labourer.
In April 1881 at Blacksmith Cottage, Joseph Thrupp (32) is a blacksmith with his wife Sophia (38) and 3 children: Harry (6) a scholar, Mary (4) and Joseph (1)
In April 1891 at Bayliss Cross, Joseph Thrupp (42) is a blacksmith with his wife Sophia (48) and 3 children: Harry (16) a Timekeeper for farmer, Mary (14) and Joseph (11) a scholar.
In March 1901 at Finger Post, Joseph Thrupp (52) is a blacksmith with his wife Sophia (58) and 2 children: Mary (24) and Joseph (21) a Blacksmith’s son.
In April 1911 at Finger Post, Sophia M Thrupp (70) is a widow living with her unmarried daughter Mary L (34)
There is an additional entry for Finger Post, matched to what is now The Forge, where unknown (46) is living
In September 1939 at Bayliss Cross, James Oakey (29-Jan 1872) is a Carpet worker living with his (then) unmarried daughter Evelyn (12-??? 1895) a farm worker. She later became Evelyn Cross. There are a further 4 persons recorded which (as of 2020) are still officially closed. Some/all of these may have been evacuees.
History from 1940 to recent times
In 2020 …