Memories of Manor Farm have been written down by John Hobson and are available from Sheila Terry or Joe Ody if anyone would like to look at them. The main part is 21 pages with photos plus appendices on Dick Hobson and Robert.
It starts ‘My parents came to Manor Farm in 1924, having returned from their second Australian adventure after the first World War. Brother Dick was then only three years old, quite unaware that he would be the “final farmer” there!’.
A plan and aerial view of the farm, followed by some of the photos from the family album are reproduced below. Click on those in the gallery if you would like to enlarge and scroll.
St Mary’s, Longworth, Parish Magazine
January 1910: We are sorry to hear of the serious illness of Mr Richard Rickards, of Lyford, whose coming to Charney to take the Manor Farm, has consequently been postponed. We sincerely hope that before long we may D.V. have better news of his state of health.
April 1910: We are glad to welcome to Charney Mr. and Mrs. Rickards, whose wedding took place on February 23, and we wish them every happiness and prosperity.
October 1910: We are pleased to hear that Mr. R. Rickards, of the Manor House, has recovered from his recent illness.
Hampshire Telegraph – Friday 15 August 1952
Two Receptions After Master’s Wedding Mr. John Hobson, a physical training instructor at Portsmouth Southern Grammar School, younger son of Mr. and Mrs. R. Hobson, of Manor Farm, Charney Bassett, Wiltshire, was married on Saturday to Miss Leila Mary Ayres, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A, Ayres, of Buckland. Berks. The service was at St. Mary’s Church, Buckland, and was conducted by the Rev. J. W. Coles (Vicar of Pusey and Charney Bassett’. The bride, who was given away by her father, wore a dress of white broderle anglaise over taffeta, and a veil held in place with flowers Her bouquet Was of red carnations and fern. The bridesmaids were Maureen and Patricia Ayres, nieces of the bride, and Mr. Richard Hobson, brother of the bridegroom, was best man. Two receptions were held, one at the home of the bride, and the other at the home of the bridegroom, and then the couple left for a tour of Devon and Cornwall.