The Leckford Estate

Photo:Leckford Estate 2010

Leckford Estate 2010

Photo:Leckford New machinery!c1930

Leckford New machinery!c1930

Photo:Apple grading 1950s

Apple grading 1950s

Photo:Leckford fruit farm 2002

Leckford fruit farm 2002

An introduction and a few important dates

The Leckford Estate Today (2012)

The Leckford Estate was bought by our Founder in 1929. It covers 4,000 acres in Hampshire and includes a farm, plant nursery and water garden.

Our farm produces crops, milk, meat, fruit and vegetables for sale in our supermarkets. Longstock Park Nursery (www.longstocknursery.co.uk) sells a wide range of shrubs and plants which are also available for purchase online together with expert advice.

In May 2009 Waitrose become the first retailer to plant its own vineyard. The grapes will be used to produce a high quality sparkling wine which will debut on the shelves at Waitrose in 2014.

For more information about the Leckford Estate read the JLP e-zine article Down on the farm.

Longstock Park Water Garden (www.longstockpark.co.uk), rated one of the finest gardens of its type in Europe, is open to the public from April to September, on the first and third Sunday afternoon of the month. Proceeds go to local charities.

Leckford Estate also has leisure facilities for Partners, such as golf courses and fly fishing. It is one of our five locations around the UK exclusively for Partners with one year's service and their families and friends, who can take holidays there for a subsidised rate.

A few important dates.

1929 Spedan Lewis bought Leckford Abbas and some neighbouring land including a small part of Longstock.

1929 Purchase of Charity Farm.

1930s A period of considerable change and improvements to the Estate, including work on the housing and amenities and development of the farming operation (Pigs, poultry, willow growing and bee-keeping!)

1930s A Bird Farm was established and the first copies of the Leckford Gazette were published.

1937 The Leckford Camp first introduced.

1944 Purchase of the Old Rectory.

1945 Spedan moved from Leckford Abbas to his new aquasition, Longstock House, which also included the Longstock Water Gardens.

1945/6 The Leckford Estate became integrated into the Partnership and the workers there, became Partners.

1946 The Leckford Branch Council was established.

1955 Spedan Lewis retires and later moves into a small house on the Estate, leaving Longstock House for the use of the Partnership.

2001 The Leckford Estate becomes part of Waitrose.

 

 

This page was added by Tony Baker on 11/07/2012.
Comments about this page

I grew up at Kitemore Cottage New Farm......wonderful memories.

Mum and Dad worked on the fruit farm, I went to the Holiday camp... remember the old time dances! 

Pamela was Dix

By Pamela Sollis
On 01/11/2014

I was born in Kitemore Cottage and have fond memories of growing up there before we emigrated to Australia 

By Linda Stacey
On 08/04/2015

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