Walk, Bolstone Woods,
Gannah Farm and Trilloes Court Wood
6th November, 2005
This wood known for its diversity of wildlife has been
designated A County Wildlife Site and is managed by rotational
coppicing. Oak, ash, chestnut, conifers and other species are
identifiable and deer are to be found. In the 1800s Upper and
Lower Bolstone Woods formed one large wood of 266 acres
belonging to the Duchess of Norfolk of Holme Lacy. The timber
grown was ‘Oak and Ash and Coppice of Alder, Hazel etc’, and
between 1801 and 1804 the wood was cut.
The wood continued as part of the Holme Lacy estate which
passed from the Duchess of Norfolk to Sir Edwin Francis
Scudamore Stanhope and onto the Earl of Chesterfield before
being sold to Sir Robert Lucas-Tooth after a three day auction
sale in 1911. Under his ownership the wood of 192 acres was
worked by John Harris, William Raymond and Henry Williams, and
in 1920 Lower Bolstone Wood contained a fine growth of
Excellent Timber’, and the Lower Wood had ‘a good growth of
straight timber’. Before 1926 Upper Bolstone Wood had been
felled leaving ‘numerous healthy saplings and Underwood’, and
did not sell at auction, whereas Lower Bolstone Wood with its
thriving mixed Timber Trees of good dimensions, principally
Oak and Ash with Underwood’ worth £2,900 was sold.
walked through Bolstone Woods, Sunday 6th
November. The walk started at Trilloes Court Wood,
Bolstone and proceeded through Upper Bolstone Wood to Gannah
Farm. It then passed through Lower Bolstone Wood to Bolstone
Church and then to the site of Trill Mill. Before returning to
the starting point it passed through Trilloes Court Wood where
there the group viewed a little-known medieval moated site.
Part of this last stretch was through private property and was
by kind permission of the owner.
The walk was led by
Heather Hurley and David Lovelace.
The area in
the 1880s on
the 1st edition OS map. The centre of Bolstone Wood has been
converted to farmland. The western part of the wood has become
Upper Bolstone Wood and the eastern part Lower Bolstone Wood.
Kelly's Directory of 1879 describes the soils of
(then Boulstone) as being clay and the principle crops as
wheat, oats and beans.