Stainton Hall

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The Drakes family of Stainton Hall, Stainton-le-Vale, Lincolnshire
8.7.1899 - celebrating 'Big John' Drakes' 75th birthday (10.6.1824)

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The front of Stainton Hall, Stainton le Vale, Lincolnshire

The Drakes (Dracas) family presence at Stainton-le-Vale, Lincolnshire goes back to at least until 1602. Between 1668 and 1672, they moved to South Kelsey in the nearby Ancholme valley; they may have moved there as victims of land-clearance for sheep, only to return later as the 'Lords of the Manor'. I have been unable to find their original status at Stainton-le-Vale, or the reason for their move away. In 1774, as a result of a marriage, they returned to the Wolds and became tenant farmers at Tealby and Ludford. Late in the 19th century John Drakes, the youngest son of a descendant of the original 1602 line, became a substantial landowner, owning the entire parish of Stainton-le-Vale. He and his descendants were, for several generations, the Patrons of St. Andrew's Church, Stainton-le-Vale. His family was very large and his descendants are still numerous, though the lack of sufficient male-line descendants has greatly reduced the numbers still named 'Drakes'. Sadly, there are no longer any 'Drakes' living in Stainton-le-Vale, Tealby or Ludford, though I am very pleased that one of my sons has moved back to Lincolnshire.

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The back and front of Stainton Hall, Stainton le Vale, Lincolnshire


‘Big John’ Drakes (b.1824)  & his second wife, Catherine Sarah Cade (b.1841) of Stainton Hall, Lincs. His first wife was her elder sister, Winifred Cade (b.1829). They were buried at Tealby, Lincs. Their oldest sister was Ann Cade (b.1823), the wife of John’s older brother Joseph Drakes (b.1818); they were my great great grandparents but, sadly, I don't have photographs of them.

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The north side of St. Andrew's Parish Church, Stainton le Vale, Lincolnshire

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The churchyard & entrance door of St. Andrew's Parish Church, Stainton le Vale, Lincolnshire

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The beautiful arched side-windows in the parish Church at Stainton-le-Vale, Lincolnshire

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The 1916 Church Bible bookplate, 'To the Glory of God - Presented in memory of John Smith Fieldsend of The Manor, Stainton-le-Vale 1857-1916. Warden of this Paish for years. July 30, 1916', and the 1895 brass-eagle lecturn, 'In Loving Memory of Our Parents, Margaret Ellen Hanson and Rev. William Henry Hanson Rector, of Staiton-Le-Vale from 1875 to 1895.'

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The 'Drakes' family graves in the Parish Churchyard, Stainton-le-Vale, Lincolnshire

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The lake near Stainton Hall, Stainton-le-Vale, Lincolnshire

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Lincolnshire Red Cattle, which the 'Drakes' bred at Stainton Hall, Stainton-le-Vale, Lincolnshire

For further information about Lincoln Red Cattle, see: The Lincoln Red Cattle Society

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The beautiful rolling Lincolnshire Wolds at Stainton-le-Vale, Lincolnshire


Stainton-le-Vale, watercolour by D. R. Brumpton


Catalogue. The Manor Farm, Stainton-le-Vale. Near Louth, Grimsby and Market Rasen. In consequence of Mr. C. W. Cook retiring from farming. Messrs. Mason, Sons & Fuller are intending to sell by auction, on Wednesday, September 24th, 1919 on the above Farm Premises 122 Red Shorthorn Beats, 1030 Longwool and Half-bred Sheep, 3 Young Horses and the Winter Implements. The Sale will commence with the Winter Implements at 12. Sheep 12.30. Cattle at 2 and Horses after the Cattle. Offices – Louth and Grimsby. C. Parker, & Co., Printers, Louth. Notes. The whole of the Stock will be shown in its Natural condition and will not in any way be got up for Sale. Though the Cattle are not in the Herd Book the best Registered Sires have been used and the Yearling Heifers and Calves in the Sale are by Benniworth Emperor 7th. bred by Mr. C. F. Bert. The Sheep are of good Type with Massive Frames. All reasonable accommodation will be given to Purchasers. Luncheon will be provided on the usual terms. The Winter Implements. To be Sold at 12 o’clock. 20 dozen New Trays, 10 dozen older ditto, 5 Turnip Cutters, 80 Sheep troughs, 60 Wire and Hemp nets, 350 Stakes, 5 Gavelocks, Turnip tools etc. [There is a family tradition that one of the 'Drakes' family also farmed here at some time.]

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photo courtesy of David Coulam

The 1930 sale of Hallgarth Farm, Thimbleby, Lincolnshire on behalf of
John Baron Drakes, who was a grandson of John Drakes of Stainton Hall.

“Thursday, 13th March, at 11 o’clock. The Hallgarth Farm, Thimbleby. Lincoln 20, Louth 14, Boston 19 and Sleaford 23 Miles. Highly Important Dispersal Sale of an old established Herd of 63 Lincoln Red Cattle, 551 Sheep, Horses, Pigs, Machinery, Implements, &c. Messrs. Dickinson & Davy, and Parish, Stafford Walter & Bell, Jointly Concerned. are instructed by Messrs. Drakes & Ward to Sell by Auction upon the above premises on Thursday, 13 March, 1930, 9 Agricultural Horses: 1). Brown Horse, “Boxer,” 5 Years; 2). Bay Mare, “Flower,” 6 Years; 3). Brown Mare, “Bonny,” 6 Years; 4). Brown Horse, “Sweep,” 7 Years; 5). Brown Horse, “Jack,” 8 Years; 6). Bay Mare, “Smart,” 9 Years; 7). Bay Horse, “Punch,” aged; 8). Grey Horse, “Brandy,” aged; 9). Roan Mare, “Bute,” aged. 63 Pedgigree Lincoln Red Shorthorns. Vo. 25, p.52. 28 Calved and In-Calf Cows and Heifers. 10 two-years-old Heifers (not served). 10 Yearling Heifers. 3 two-years-old Steers. 10 Yearling Steers. 1 Drape Heifer. 1 Stock Bull, “Tathwell Grange Champion” (22563), C. 1926. 551 Sheep: 200 Lincoln and Half-bred Ewes and Gimmers with pairs and single Lambs. 50 Lincoln and Half-bred Ewes and Gimmers in Lamb. 200 Longwool and Half-bred He and She Hogs. 30 Ram Hogs (ex-Lincoln Ewes, by Leicester Longwool Rams). 50 Pure bred Hampshire Ewes and Gimmers, with pure bred pair and single Ram and Ewe Lambs dropped in December or early January. 15 Pure bred Hampshire She Hogs. 6 Stud Rams (1 Lincoln, 2 Leicester Longwool, 2 Hampshire and 1 half-bred Lincoln-Hampshire) 15 5 months old Strong Store Pigs. 70 Buff Rock Hens & Pullets (Mrs. W. W. W. Butt’s Strain). Implements for 600 Acres: Two double-shafted Waggons, 3 Hermaphrodites, 3 Scotch Carts, Water Barrel with tap, 4 double-furrow ‘Hogson’ Ploughs, 1 single-furrow Plough, Beet Lifter, 2 ‘Ashton’ Drags; Wheel Duckfoot, 5 sets of Chisel, Straight Tooth and Seed Harrows. Chain Harrows. 4 single and double row Skerries, 2 and 3-horse Cambridge Rolls, 3-horse Flat Roll, 14-coulter ‘Coultas’ Corn Drill, ‘Ashley’ Turnip Drill, Manure Distributor, Small Seed Scatter Drill, Two 6ft. ‘Massey-Harris’ Binders, ‘Bamblet’ Grass Mower, 2 Horse Rakes, 2 Weighing Machines and Weights, Sack Elevator, Running and Ekeing Barrows, Wheel Barrow, Pig Cratch, Corn Bins, Tumbrils, Chaff Cutter, Sheep Troughs, Netting, Stakes, Cake Breakers, Turnip Cutters, Pulpers, Pig Troughs, Portable Copper, Large Paraffin Tanks up to 150 and 200 gallons, Galvanised Iron Cattle Troughs, Pulley Blocks and Ropes, Ladders; Machine, Stack and Waggon Sheets; Belting, Stack Props, Thatch Pegs, Sacks, Bags, 2 sets Breaking Tackle, and a large assortment of Farm Yard and Stable Tools. Gears complete for 10 Horses. 14 doz. New Sheep Hurdles. Machinery: 2 Fordson Tractors with fast and loose pulleys, both in good working order, one with Governors and nearly as good as new. Ruston & Hornsby 2-furrow Tractor Plough (convertible to 3-furrow). Ransome 2 or 3-furrow Tractor Plpough. Foster Threshing Machine in excellent condition (recently overhauled and thoroughly recommended). Ruston Elevator, fitted with Foley angle gear. 2 1/2 h.p. Crossley Oil Engine (nearly new). An excellent Steel Saw Bench with fast and loose Pulleys and 30 in. Saw. Hoses. --- These are all quiet and good workers. Cattle. --- The Auctioneers beg to call particular attention to the Cattle, which are excellent specimens of the Breed, and are directly descended from the well known Herd of the late Mr. William Drakes of Tealby, Vol. 1, p.43, one of the oldest Herds in the Book. Sheep. --- The Sheep are healthy, of great size, and the Longwools have fleeces of the best quality. the Longwool Hogs are by Leicester Longwool Rams, from Mr. Megginson’s Champion Driffield Flock. The Longwool Lambs (except the Gimmers’ Lambs, which are sired by Lincoln Rams) are by Leicester Longwool sires. Mr. J. B. Drakes has bred Hampshire Sheep for several years and has regularly sold Ram Lambs at Louth, realising up to 23 1/2 gns. Refreshments will be providied on the usual terms by Mrs. N. Heck, of the “Kings Head,” Horncastle. Sale to Commence With Implements & Poultry at 11 o’clock promptly. Sheep at 12.30 o’clock, Cattle at 1.15, and conclude with Horses and Pigs. For further particulars, see Catalogues, to be obtained from the Auctioneers: Dickinson & Davy, Louth and Brigg; Parish, Stafford Walter & Bell Horncastle and Burgh. W. K. Morton & Sons, Printers, Horncastle.”


The 13th March 1930 sale of livestock & farming equipment
at Hallgarth Farm, Thimbleby, Lincolnshire on behalf of Messrs. Drakes & Ward.