SK6731 : Poplar Avenue

taken 6 years ago, near to Kinoulton, Nottinghamshire, Great Britain

Poplar Avenue
Poplar Avenue
Replanted poplars on the avenue between Owthorpe Road and the Grantham Canal at Vimy Ridge near Kinoulton
Vimy Ridge Farm :: SK6631
This was originally called Pasture Hill Farm, but was purchased in 1919 by Sir Jesse William Hind and renamed to commemorate his son, Lt. Francis Montagu Hind who was killed in action on 27 September 1916 at the Battle of the Somme.
The memorial also included an avenue of 184 Lombardy Poplars lining the drive to the farm, the number of trees representing the number of officers and men of the 9th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters Regiment who died during the battle over the period 7 July to 30 November of 1916.
The original poplars have been successively felled, presumably due to age, but have been replaced by new planting of the same species as part of the village of Kinoulton's 2000 Millennium celebrations.
The farm itself has been derelict for many years, and its current state of decay makes it look as if it could have been transplanted from the battlefield from which it takes its name.
Mr M. Clark adds the following information:
"I lived at Vimy Ridge Farm from 1958 to 1963.I was employed as Farm Manager there. The tower was built to be used as a silage tower. Very forward thinking in its time. An engine and blower was imported from the U.S.A. to blow the grass into the silo. When I lived there an old man in the village remembered it being used. The sand and cement to build it was transported to the farm along the canal. There was a metal windmill which pumped water into a tank in the top of the tower which then fed the cowsheds and house with water. I pulled down the windmill whilst living there."
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 9 July, 2013   (more nearby)
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Wednesday, 10 July, 2013
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 6722 3141 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:52.5582N 1:0.1612W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 6703 3136
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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