Serious Fire at Peter Stanley’s Farm

Publication: Worcester Journal, 13 June 1850

About mid-day on Wednesday last the farm buildings known by the name of Peter Stanley’s Farm, situated on Broadway Hill, in this parish, in the occupation of Mr. Thomas Savage, farmer and miller, of Hampton near Evesham, and the property of Sir Thomas Phillipps, Bart., Middle Hill, was accidentally set on fire. It appears that a man called Richard Dobbind, employed by Mr. Savage to burn some scutch and other weeds, most heedlessly went underneath a rack of straw or vetches, to light a handful of straw with a match, which instantly caught the rick and set fire to the sheding, barn, stable, cottage and house by which about 200 bags of wheat, in two ricks, seven quarters of barley in the barn, about twelve tons of straw, two tons of hay, a quantity of stubble, two carts, and a great number of very valuable implements, were burnt. Fortunately, the horses were at work, or, from the rapid progress of the flames they must have been destroyed. The Birmingham district fire-engine, from Campden, was sent for, but owing to a short supply of water it was but little service. So completely was the cottage surrounded by the devouring element, that a hole was obliged to be made in the wall for the bayliff’s wife, who occupied it, to make her escape. The house, it is thought, must be taken down. The poor woman in her fright sadly burnt one of her legs, but we hear it is going on well. By the active exertions of the persons present, all the furniture was, fortunately, saved and we are glad to hear that the buildings, crop, stock, etc., are insured with the Sun Fire Office. The fire was not extinguished on Sunday.