There’s very little evidence of Intake Farm today beyond a few crumbling stone walls. Walk 16 passes beside the spot (above left).

From the northern end of Fernilee, following the woodland walk signs along the western side of the reservoir, it’s just past a small footbridge which was replaced a couple of years ago.

Intake Farm must have enjoyed wonderful views over the Goyt Valley. The area was covered in fir trees by the Forestry Commission following the construction of the reservoir in the 1930s (the blue shaded area on the map above). Which has both obscured the view and left little space or light for the natural habitat. But all this is about to change as the firs are currently being felled. Which is wonderful to see.

Intake Farm

Unfortunately I haven’t managed to discover any photos of Intake Farm. The earliest census records show it was inhabited by the Wilson family in the 1840s – and possibly earlier.

Joseph Hewitt, his wife and five children were living at Intake by the following census in 1851. I’m not sure how long they were there. But by 1881, the census show it was then occupied by just one person – Peter Wain – a farmer of 48 acres.

From then on until the last published census of 1911, Intake was occupied by the Critchlow family. Their three sons, James (19), Abraham (17) and Daniel (14), are all listed as working as labourers at the nearby Gunpowder Mill.

Surname First name Born Relationship Occupation Birth place
1841 Census
Wilson Stephen c1791 Head Farmer Cheshire
Wilson Martha c1796 Wife Cheshire
Wilson Thomas c1826 Son Cheshire
1851 Census
Hewitt Joseph Head Farmer Bollington
Hewitt Mary Wife Marple
Hewitt Thomas Son Bollington
Hewitt Sarah Daughter Bollington
Hewitt Alfred Son Bollington
Hewitt Mary Jane Daughter Bollington
Hewitt Elizabeth Daughter Bollington
1861 Census
Wain Peter c1811 Head Farmer 45 acres Marple
Wain Maryha c1816 Wife Marple
Wain German c1776 Father Farm labourer Marple
1871 Census
Wain Head 1811 Head Farmer 48 acres Marple
Wain German B 1775 Father Marple
Belsfield Frances 1811 Servant Servant Longnor
1881 Census
Wain Peter 1811 Head Farmer 48 acres Marple
1891 Census
Critchlow James c1850 Head Farmer 48 acres Fernilee
Critchlow Anne Elizabeth c1856 Wife Farmer Wolverhampton
Critchlow James c1882 Son Harpur Hill
Critchlow Abraham c1885 Son Hartington
Critchlow Daniel c1887 Son Hartington
1901 Census
Critchlow James c1850 Head Farmer Fernilee
Critchlow Anne Elizabeth c1856 Wife Farmer Wolverhampton
Critchlow James c1882 Son Labourer at powder mill Harpur Hill
Critchlow Abraham c1885 Son Labourer at powder mill Harpur Hill
Critchlow Daniel c1887 Son Labourer at powder mill Harpur Hill
Critchlow Clara c1897 Daughter Taxal
1911 Census
Critchlow James c1850 Head Farmer Fernilee
Critchlow Anne Elizabeth c1856 Wife Farmer Wolverhampton
Critchlow Daniel c1887 Son Stonemasons labourer Harpur Hill
Critchlow Clara c1897 Daughter Apprentice dressmaker Taxal