Many thanks to Pat Ward (nee Brabbs) for supplying these pictures of the farm on which she grew up.

The Rother Valley Country Park is basically a landscaped and relcaimed open cast coalmine. However, before it was opencast it contained, amongst other things, working farms. One of them was Brabb's farm shown below before it was destroyed by open casting. The picture was taken before 1970 and is probably in the vicinity of the present day 'proposed dry ski slope' part of the RVCP at its highest point (the top of the 'ski slope' looking south/west (anyone with a definitive location then get in touch!). The road probably heads towards Delves Lane.

Brabbs farm aerial pic


Brabbs farm towards norwood

Above; photo of the farm looking west towards Beighton/Killamarsh, you can just about make out the chimney belonging to Norwood Colliery (1856-1948), now the site of the LUK auto components factory..

Brabbs farms in winter

Above; a similar picture, but taken in the winter.

Weaver's cottage norwood

Above; not shown on the first 3 photos, this was identified as the 'weavers cottage' which was next to the farm prior to circe 1940 (in the 1940s only the chimney stacks remained).

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