college farm

            home of the confluence limousin herd

About Us

 

For more than 30 years, College farm has been in the Ogg Family. We are a working farm which consists of pedigree suckler cows for breeding beef products. We also produce cereals for consumption and brewing. In 1999 we established the Confluence Limousin Pedigree Herd and in 2001 saw the establishment of our caravan site. Diversity is the way forward and in 2007 plans to open a tea room were passed.

 

College Farm is on the site of a Benedictine Priory founded in AD1052 as a dependant house of Spalding Priory. This small monastic establishment consisted of three monks, a chaplain and a prior, but did not last beyond 1220. In the 1960’s when a paddock at the farm was ploughed for the first time, areas of clay floors and scatters of tile and building stone were exposed. It was also reported that a kiln had been discovered and partially levelled. Medieval pottery with a date range from the 13th to 16th centuries was recorded on the site. It is likely therefore, that any below ground construction works in this area will encounter further archaeological deposits associated with the priory and later medieval occupation, and there is also the potential that burial could be present in this area.

About our location

 

The village of Alkborough sits on the northern edge of Lincolnshire. Alkborough is a small village in a strategic position overlooking the river Trent as it joins the Ouse to become the Humber. Once, more accessible by river, its present reliance on roads makes it all the more remote. The village has Saxon origins that are evident in the Church of St John the Baptist. However, the surviving historic fabric mostly dates from the enclosures of the late 18th century when it was an estate village for the Goulton family of Walcot Hall. On the western side of the village is ‘Julian's Bower’, one of the three remaining turf mazes left in Britain, which has recently been lovingly restored and re-turfed. The Church, a Saxon/Norman building with a history the extends way back into the mists of time, marks the centre of the village. For the walkers among us there are plenty of picturesque walks around. We are situated close to Burton - upon - Stather where the famous 57 mile Nev Cole Way walk starts, which skirts the Humber estuary leading almost to Grimsby. The Humber Bridge is not too far away either. We have ample car parking and a place for light refreshments in the tea room.

Aerial photograph of the Farm

“A place of outstanding natural beauty”

In the news

 

College Farm and the Ogg family have appeared in several publications over the past few years. Most recently the Environment Agency did an article for their 18th “Your Environment” publication due to the fact that the Ogg family have surrendered some of their land to enable the creation of flood defences. Click here to read the full article.

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