Another 1940 photo of Trebartha Hall taken from the particulars of sale. The
view is of the house, over the Swan Pool.
At this time Francis Rodd had no
male heir. The 1930s was an extremely difficult time for agriculture. His
memories of the Great War made him uncertain of the future. For these three
reasons he agreed to sell Trebartha Estate.
The rent roll for Trebartha was at the same level in 1940 as it had been
in 1870, such was the depression in agriculture.
Charlie Gilbard, tenant farmer at Trebartha
Barton at the time, described the difficulties of farming during the
depression “Breeding ewes could be bought for a few pounds, however, these
would fetch even less in the spring with their lambs”.
properties had electricity, internal toilets, bathrooms or adequate
supplies of water. Lighting was by oil lamps and cooking was by Calor gas.
Francis Rodd enlisted in the First
World War and Harry Landrey had been his batman.
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Evelyn Mann, one of Francis Rodd’s
sisters, told Robert Latham that upon hearing war had been declared in
1939, Francis shot all his hunters (horses) rather than see them taken off