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Hollins Close

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This estate of 33 bungalows was constructed in the 1950s and stands on land which in 1919 formed part of agricultural land sold that year to Frederick McCulloch Jowitt of Hollins Hall. Mr Jowitt was a Wool merchant and Top maker and a substantial landowner, living in what was until recent years the most notable residence in Hampsthwaite.

The land he acquired appears to have already been or thereby become part of Hollins Farm. Mr Jowitt died in 1921 and his estate passed to his widow Helen Dorothea who held it until her own demise in 1952.

On the 18th May 1956 her executors sold Hollins Farm to George Ripley Pinkney who was in fact already in possession as its farmer and holding some sort of tenancy. The purchase price for the farmhouse with over 61 acres of land and further land at Killinghall was £3000!

Part of Mr Pinkney’s property was field number 297 on the 1909 Ordnance Survey Map . . .

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. . . and he sold a few (building?) plots out of that field in 1957. Then in 1959 planning permission was granted for the erection of 33 bungalows on the remainder of the field. With the benefit of that permission the remainder of the field was sold in October 1960 to J. Sandever & Son Ltd for the price of £3,350. It had not taken long for Mr Pinkney to recover his expenditure of 1956!

The Company proceeded to develop the site with the construction of the properties we see today.

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This was the first substantial expansion of housing in Hampsthwaite since the construction of Finden Gardens in the 1930s.
Hollins Close
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