Hawkes Lane, Bracon Ash
Originally called The Beeches, the house was built by James Church as a prestigious home for his growing family towards the end of the 19th Century.
James Church was a successful market gardener, with extensive glass-houses and a magnificent vineyard (housed in the largest glass-house on the map below).
When the business failed under James' son Joseph, the big house and much of the land was sold. The Berney family of Bracon Hall bought the house and some land and installed a tenant farmer.
The last tenant farmer was Mr White......
When Mr White retired, the house was sold.....
For a short time it housed a commune < ANY MORE INFORMATION ON THAT ERA?