112 TEMPLE PADDOCK
ACCESSED FROM WESTFIELD LANE
OS REF SK574122
October 31st 2001 I recorded:
This land is owned by Rothley Temple Estates but leased to Westfield Farm, Westfield Lane and used by Tenant Farmer Kathleen Hyman for sheep grazing on a rota basis. At the time of our visit the grass was very long and lush due to not being grazed over the previous months. This was not purely due to the grazing system but the restrictions on moving livestock during the Foot and Mouth outbreak of 2001. However, about 20 sheep were able to be moved in at the following weekend.
Temple Paddock in February 2010 as a horse paddock
The entrance to this field is on the Westfield Lane, next to the Rothley Court Hotel which was originally called The Temple. This large house played a big part in the history of Rothley and a great deal of land was owned including areas of parkland. This land has been largely sold but much remains in the ownership of Rothley Temple Estates and leased out for farming.
This field is bounded on one side by Rothley Brook, another by a pasture field in private ownership, another by Westfield Lane and the fourth by the grounds of the Rothley Court Hotel.
The hovel in September 2002. looking at it from inside the paddock
The hovel ready for renovation. March 2005
The hovel in the corner of Temple Paddock being renovated. March 2007
Rough plan of Temple Paddock and recorded trees. 2001
The ancient trees in Temple Paddock. July 2005
Temple Paddock in the spring with Copper Beech and Oaks. May 2006
Temple Paddock contains some fine trees which have room to grow. They are covered by a TPO. They have been recorded as Ancient Trees and a lovely Oak is the first tree to be detailed. They have been recorded as follows:
Oak Tree 1 has a girth of 5.88m (19ft 3") with a height of 30m and a full canopy. Standing upright, hollows at trunk base and wounds from fallen branches. There was dead wood under the tree and it has lost some of its large arms. A further survey will be needed in the winter to get a better view of the branches and for a photograph that shows its structure more clearly.
Ancient Oak Tree 1 with a girth of 5.88m (19ft 3in). August 2002
Ancient Oak Tree 1 with Brian for size. October 2001
Ancient Oak Tree 1 showing its winter structure. March 2005
Ancient Tree 1 in full leaf. August 2002
Ancient Tree 2 Copper Beech with a girth of 4.74m August 2002
Ancient Tree 2 Copper Beech showing its winter structure. March 2005
Ancient Copper Beech Tree 2 to the left and Copper Beech Tree 3 to the right. August 2002
Ancient Tree 3 Copper Beech with a girth of 4.98m. August 2002
Copper Beech Tree 3 showing its winter structure. March 2005
Ancient Oak Tree 4 with a girth of 3.83m. September 2002
Beech Tree 2 has a girth of 4.74m (15ft 6") and a height of 30m with a full canopy. Standing upright but with a split trunk at 4m. No hollows at the base. At 1.8m the trunk 'waists'. It looks to be a healthy tree.
Beech Tree 3 has. Lots of hollows. a girth of 4.98m (16ft 6") and a height of 30m with a full canopy. This tree has broken branches and wounds and is also leaning. Large branches on the ground.
Oak Tree 4 has a girth of 3.83m (12ft 7") and a height of 30m with a full canopy. Standing upright but with broken branches, wounds and hollows. Severe damage at the top of the tree with the loss of the main branch. Lots of debris under the tree.
There are other trees with girths just short of 3.77m and one still has to be measured once barbed wire has been negotiated.
Ancient Crab Apple Tree 101. August 2002
A good crab apple crop in August 2002
Ancient Crab Apple Tree 102 with a girth of 2.08m. August 2002
There are two Crab Apple Trees in this field.
The Rothley Brook borders this field but access is restricted by barbed wire. This piece of land needs to be monitored in the early spring for plants that might indicate ancient woodland. There were 20 pheasants seen.
Another boundary fronting Westfield Lane has a strip of narrow woodland and fenced off from the road and field by parkland iron railings. I recorded 31 nests in a Rookery in this woodland on 30th March 2002.
There is also a brick built hovel for the animals to shelter in but this is in a state of disrepair and modern size bricks used when built. However, in the floor there was a line of older narrow bricks but due to the state of the floor it was not possible in this part of the field and looks to be the orchard of The Temple.
A further part of the boundary is the granite wall of the Rothley Temple (Rothley Court Hotel) which extends to form a rectangle in this part of the field and looks to be the orchard of The Temple.
The side boundary to The Temple is parkland iron railings with overgrown shrubs.
The boundary next to Kingfisher House is shrub with mature Ash Trees and barbed wire fencing to keep in the livestock.
There is an electric fence around part of this field.
View over the paddock to the Rothley Temple (Rothley Court Hotel)with Ancient Oak Tree 1 September 2002
Temple Paddock has been taken away from Kathleen Hyman, Tenant Farmer of Westfield Farm. It seems that Rothley Temple Estates can do this and their tenants have no say in the matter.
I took a walk along Westfield Lane and saw that the field was now being used as a horse paddock. Also, the hovel was being renovated as a shelter for the horses. I must take another look to see what has been done.
SITE 112 TEMPLE PADDOCK IN 2015
VULNERABLE. OWNED BY ROTHLEY TEMPLE ESTATES
Looking from Westfield Lane to Rothley Brook. Ancient Tree 3 centre left. February 2015
Ancient Copper Beech. Tree 3 in the Ancient Tree Survey. Looking very vulnerable. February 2015
Ancient Copper Beech Tree 2 in the Ancient Tree Survey with Ancient Oak Tree 1 to the back. February 2015
Ancient Oak Tree 1 to the left of Ancient Copper Beech Tree 2. Rothley Brook behind the rear hedgerow. February 2015
Looking from Westfield Lane to the boundary with Kingfisher's Pool and Vineyard. February 2015
Looking from Westfield Lane to Rothley Court Hotel (Rothley Temple). February 2015
Westfield Lane with Temple Paddock to the right. February 2015
The hovel in 2015 after renovation in 2007. February 2015
Looking from the grounds of the Rothley Court Hotel with Westfield Lane to the right. February 2015
Looking from the grounds of the Rothley Court Hotel to Ancient Oak Tree 1. February 2015
Ancient Oak Tree 1 in the Ancient Tree Survey. One of the biggest in Rothley. February 2015
Looking from the grounds of the Rothley Court Hotel. The granite wall of the Rothley Temple Walled Garden to the right. February 2015
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