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Welcome to Court Bank Farm

 

Court Bank Farm the British Horse Society approved equestrian centre and livery yard is owned by Andy and Viv Newton who live onsite near the main stable yards.  They have lived in the local area for all their lives and moved to the village of Cannock Wood in Staffordshire over 20 years ago with their family.

Viv has been around horses and ponies for her whole life and currently owns a thoroughbred called Glencoe. She competes in dressage competitions and hunter trials and also enjoys hacking around the farm and surrounding areas.

Andy has always played an active part in grooming for Viv at competitions and helping her look after the horses, in his own words ‘a happy wife is a happy life’.

On moving to Court Bank Farm, Andy decided to delve into the history of the local area and the farm, taking particular interest in the ancient woodlands, the Nun’s Well, the Kings Hunting Lodge and the Priory. He discovered that there is significant evidence that a moated Priory or Abbey was situated on the farm.

The Nun’s well was used in the medieval period to draw water for the Abbey. Over time a tree grew over the well and it became hidden from view. This has recently been uncovered and excavated to reveal the true beauty of the well.

The ancient woodland of Court Bank Covert is home to a large range of flora and fauna including a herd of wild Red Deer which can often be viewed on the farm. It is in three distinct sections that have been named Bridge Copse, Badger Wood, and the Kings Spinney. The woodland ride passes through this beautiful part of the farm.

The Redmoor brook flows through the Court Bank Farm running north to south through the ancient woodland, with two optional brook crossings on the farm ride.

Onsite there are two pools which are recorded on ancient maps, which indicates that they provided the Abbey with food.

In 1910 evidence of a Flint Knapping floor was discovered near the Nun’s Well, which proved human activity in the Mesolithic/Neolithic period and over 28 recognisable implements have been found in the area including arrow heads, axe heads and a flint scraper.

The farm ride comprises nearly four miles of tracks and rides around Court Bank Farm, with names given to each ‘Road’ using ideas from the farm. For example names include Nunswell Park Road, Bloomery Way and Henry II Way.  Originally named for fun the road names are now essential for maintenance of the farm.

Court Bank Farm, Slang Lane, Cannock Wood, Rugeley, Staffordshire, WS15 4RY

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