Bottle Lodge, Tixall

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Date:1900 - 1910 (c.)

Description:The Bottle Lodge, so called because of its shape, dates from c.1575.

It was built where the drive from Tixall Hall crossed the Stafford to Great Haywood road, and could possibly have been used as a toll house. beyond can be seen the buildings of Tixall Farm.

The woman in the road could possibly be Mrs. Statham who lived at Bottle Lodge when Mrs Bagnall was a child in the early 1900s.

See Census information below.

Bottle Lodge, Tixall, Occupants
1851 Census
William Whitehurst 1809 age 42, Shepherd, Born Stone, Staffs.
Hannah Whitehurst 1812, age 39, Wife, Born Stone, Staffs.
1861 Census
Ann Machin, 1819, age 42 , Married. Born Edgmond, Shrops.
Samuel Machin, 1846, age 15, Son, Ag.Lab., Born Swynnerton, Staffs.
Margaret Machin, 1848, age 13, Dau.Scholar, Born Swynnerton, Staffs.
Charles Machin, 1851, age 10, Son, Scholar, Born Swynnerton, Staffs.
William Machin, 1857, age 4, Son, Scholar. Born Tixall, Staffordshire.
(William Machin, age 36, Married. Groom Gardener, Born Swynnerton, Staffs. is living at nearby Field Farm, and is probably Ann’s husband).
1871 Census
Ann Machin, 1819, age 55, Servant's Wife, Born Edgmond, Shrops.
William Machin, 1858, age 13, Son, Waggoner's Boy, Born Staffordshire, Tixall.
(William Machin, Married, age 45, General Servant is living at Field Farm, Tixall.)
1881 Census
Edward Slinn, 1845, age 36, Groom, Born Staffs. Ellenhall.
Elizabeth Slinn, 1854, age Wife, Born Shropshire.
Lucy Slinn, 1878, age 3 Dau. Born Broseley, Shrops.
Lilly Slinn, 1880, age 1, Dau. Born Tixall, Staffs.
1891 Census
Annie Statham, 1846, age 45, Widow, Dairy Maid, Born Alton, Staffs.
Walter Statham, 1877, age 14, Son, Engine Cleaner. Born Branstone, Staffs.
Percy Statham, 1886, age 5, Son, Born Tixall, Staffs.
(In 1871 Ann Archer, 24, was a Dairy Maid working for farmer Thomas Stretton in Derbyshire. In 1872 she married William Statham. In 1882 when the Strettons moved to Brancote Farm, Tixall, on the Ingestre Estate, Ann Statham, now a widow, and her family accompanied them and moved into Bottle Lodge opposite Tixall Farm. Bottle Lodge was one of the cottages belonging to Tixall Farm. In 1881 Thomas Stretton’s sister in law Mary Mynors was living at Tixall Farm with her son William Towers Mynors who eventually became Agent for Lord Shrewsbury on his estate).
1901 Census
Ann Statham, 1845, age 56, Widow, Born Hatton, Derbyshire.
Thomas Statham, 1875, age 26. Son, Born Branstone, Staffs.,
Walter George Statham, 1872, age 24, Son, Born Branstone, Staffs..
1911 Census
Ann Statham, 1847, Head, 64, Widow, Dairy Woman, Born Hatton, Derbys.
Thomas Statham, 1875, Son, 36, Single, Steam Roller Driver Staffs. C.C., Born Branstone, Staffs.
Percy Statham,1886, Son, 25, Single, Farm Labourer, Born Tixall, Staffs.
In 1916 on the death of George Stretton the Applebys took over Tixall Farm and Mrs. Statham had to
leave Bottle Lodge. Annie aged 71 went to live at White Lodge further along towards Great Haywood. Annie Statham died 21st February 1927 and is buried in Tixall Church graveyard.
Bottle Lodge was sold in 1994 for £16,000 after lying empty for many years.

Additional information Eileen Bagnall’s Memories in The Road to Chartley, Jim Foley 2004.

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