KNOWLE LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY
Far End from the garden.
The Cottage before restoration. Note the two front doors.
The Cottage in 1978.
Far End & The Cottage
Far End is one of the most interesting properties in Knowle, doubtless so named because
it is clearly near the far end of Kixley Lane. The property occupies a small square
plot not far from the canal. In 1816 it sat in the corner of a larger parcel of
land owned by one John Hurst, whose wife was Elizabeth Willcox, a sister of William
Willcox Snr. of Grimshaw Hall -
In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries Far End was associated with two families: the Eagles and the Willcox’s. The Eagles were coal merchants, who used the wharf at Kixley Bridge. About 1871 the property was purchased by William Willcox Jnr., who was a farmer and whose family owned Grimshaw Hall for most of the 19th century. It remained in the family until they sold it to Mr. & Mrs. Goad in 1953.
For a short time, possibly in the late nineteenth century, Far End was a public house.
Until recently the words 'Kixley Tavern' could just be seen between two first floor
windows, and a low arch in the front wall marks the entrance to the cellar. There
was a considerable amount of canal traffic in the early 19th century, but not all
goods reached their intended destination -
Far End is now run as a Bed and Breakfast business.
An aerial view of the property.
Some of the outbuildings, now belonging to Yew Tree Farm.
A little further down the lane is The Cottage, now separately owned, but originally
part of the Far End property. The Cottage first appears on the 1888 Ordnance Survey
map, and has every appearance of being mid to late 19th century. It was originally
two cottages, each one-
|The Guild House|
|The Red Lion|
|Paterson Court (Old School)|
|Milverton Farm (Petrol Station)|
|Kixley Lane Cottages|
|Far End & The Cottage|
|Milverton House & Milverton Crescent|
|Berrow Cottage Homes|
|Knowle Library (Chester House)|
|Greswolde Arms Hotel|
|Grimshaw Hall 1560 - 1765|
|Grimshaw Hall After 1765|
|Malthouse Row (Nos 19 to 25)|
|The Wilson Arms|
|Knowle Lodge (Knowle Surgery)|
|The Olde House|
|Knowle Picture Playhouse (Johnsons Cars)|