Late 1880’s – James Croasdale farmed at Woodcroft Farm in Haverthwaite village. The new factory and offices were built in a field that was called Pennycroft, which was a part of Woodcroft farm over 100 years ago.
Nine Generations of Croasdales
|Henry||1695 – 1770||Cooper|
|James||1726 – 1721||Cooper|
|Henry||1752 – 1807||Hooper|
|Isaac||1794 – 1844||Hooper|
|James||1829 – 1906||Woodmonger & Farmer|
|George||1866 – 1947||Woodmonger|
|George||1874 – 1971||Timber Merchant|
|John (Jack)||1929 – 1998||Timber Merchant|
1834 – Isaac Croasdale built many of the old work buildings at Bridge End in the Leven Valley. He sold provisions and had a licence to sell wines, spirits and tobacco, and he owned a boat for transporting cotton. His old swivel chair from his boat is still kept at Playdale’s offices.
1735 – The Croasdale family began working in the forestry and allied timber trades when Henry Croasdale re-shafted a spade and re-runged a ladder for Finsthwaite Parochial Church Council.
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