This charming 18th century farmhouse appears in the earliest drawing of the Five Rise Locks dating from around 1777.
It was ruined for many years and was demolished in 2006. If you look closely and explore among the brambles you can make out the walls and even see some of the plaster mouldings where the floor and walls meet.
David and Brian Airey, who lived at the top of the Five Rise Locks as young boys during World War II, recall the farmer who they knew as ‘Fred the Egg’. Fred sold eggs to the boatmen, from a basket along the towpath. He warned the boys that there was an unexploded bomb in the middle of the bog!
Five Rise Farmhouse just prior to demolition in 2006.
Drawing by Johann Hogrewe made in 1777 showing the Five Rise Locks and original lock keeper’s cottage top right.
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Last date edited: 21 July 2015