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Where was Cock Sparrow Hall ?
From Yvonne Skelton, Harrogate, North Yorkshire
21 February, 2009
part of EMail 1
I am trying to locate Cock Sparrow Hall, Trotton.
I am from North Yorkshire and recently visited Trotton to see the house where my great grandfather lived, with his wife. He paid a peppercorn rent of a farther a year to live in Cock Sparrow Hall, he was the coachman to the local manor. Unfortunately I could not find the Hall. Can you help?
My grandfather and his wife are buried in the church, but their gravestones are of local stone so I could not see which graves were theirs.
"Cock Sparrow Hall"
photo - Hilary Menzies 2009

I have looked on Google Earth but that couldn't help me, but it did take me to your site.
My query to you is a long-shot. I did spend some time time looking for the hall so got a taste of where my grandfather lived.
My mother has a few tales of her grandfather - if I can add to your local history, I would be pleased to do so in return for your kindness.
part of EMail 2
24 February, 2009
Thank you very much for your response.
Having talked to my mother, and addressing points raised in your eMail, I think that Cock Sparrow Hall was very likely a nick name. My great Uncle also lived in the village [Bert Reece], and is buried in the church. He ran the local car hire firm. He came from the London side of the family and mum says it would be typical of him to give the house a nick name. Cock Sparrow does have that cockney ring to it!
Having said that, an elderly gentleman in the village when I was searching around, knew Cock Sparrow Hall. He directed me there, but I still couldn't find it. The elderly gentleman I am referring to lived at the end of a row of cottages. These were situated going East out of the village, over the bridge, up the hill, turn right after 50 yards, bear left up a track. The track forked. I walked up the right hand track and his house was at the end of that row.
My great grandfather's name was WILLIAM REECE. Mum has filled me in a bit more with this. He retired to the village in the late 1920's having only to pay a peppercorn rent of a farthing a year. His previous employer was the Earl at Petworth House. The Earl also used to ask William [who was the coachman] to look after his favourite dog now and again when it was getting a bit unhealthy looking. William used to feed the dog carrots for two weeks and return him in peek condition!!
Cock Sparrow Hall was on the corner, East out of the village. There were steps leading up the main road, but the house stood on its own. Mum says that in those days the children of the village had a fantastic swing, which actually swung out onto the main road! Imagine that now.
Anyway, I have asked mum to write things down so that I can get a complete picture of events at the time. When I have that I will send you a copy - unfortunately she said she does not have any photos. Mum is getting on now, but she will enjoy doing this.
It would be nice if you came up with something, but thank you anyway for your help so far.
Yvonne Skelton
Yvonne & Hilary would love to hear from anyone else with connections to Cock Sparrow Hall
EMail us and we will pass on your message.
Also any recollections or further info would be gratefully received.
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