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Nashlands Farm
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Nashlands Farm

Nashlands farmhouse dates back to the 15th century and was described as of simple design at that time. However, in the 16th century an upper floor was inserted in the hall and the central chimneystack was built in the north wing and further improvements followed. It has many interesting architectural features including a lintel carved with the initials and date 16 IGI 73 said to have been brought from Chodds Farm.
A bomb fell at the back of the house in the early part of WWII when Mr Fred Tayman was living there. It blew the wall outwards at a time when, ironically, the evacuee lad was reading “All Quiet on the Western Front”. The outside toilet was later found hanging in a plum tree. There were no casualties, but the house was unoccupied for the rest of war and covered in tarpaulins.
After the war the house was restored by Stephen Knight & Co. and in 1949 Mr and Mrs Arthur Johnson moved in.
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Pretty sure that the Fred Tayman you mention was my grandfather!
Added by Cathrine (née Tayman) on 31 July 2013
Chris Johnson, who used to live at Nashlands, informs me that as a young lad he was told by Col. Warren that the inscription on the beam over the door was "16 ICI 73", and not as suggested above. Furthermore, it was inscribed in a cryptic variation of a palindrome.
The year of 1673 indicated the date that major building works were carried out on the house, and the letters stood for King Charles II (1630-1685), during whose reign the work took place.

Added by Barry Ray on 23 February 2014
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