Moorseats Hall, Hathersage , owned by thomas eyre and other properties

Moorseats:( thought to be the Moor House in Jane Eyre):This property stands beneath Stanedge Edge , which, according to records of ours, also belonged to Thomas Eyre, purchased officially in 1855. Although the records indicate he was of Moorseats in 1854.

Moorseats, extended considerably by Thomas Eyre in 1857 , at the time of Charlotte Bronte’s visit to Hathersage in 1845 it was a moorland farmhouse.



The house originated in the 15th century and was further extended in the 17th century. Today the house is surrounded by outbuildings, grounds, grazing lands and woods … thanks to the local studies library , matlock for a lot of information.

moorseats 1896

moorseats 1896

(Compiled by Jennifer Nicholas. )What I do know is that some Moorseats deeds are currently deposited at Sheffield Archives and the descriptions in the online catalogue indicate that the owners of Moorseats were as follows:- 
1572 – 1669  The Wylcocksons and their descendants
1669 – 1743 John Froggott of  Froggott and his wife Mary Eyre of Penistone  and their descendants
1743 Henry Ibbotson and his descendants
1855 Thomas Eyre, brother of the tenant of North Lees. ( no relation to Mary Eyre )
1864 George Anthony Hardy( sold by Sophie Eyre to Mr. Hardy)1869 Charles Cammell

1871 Thomas Roberts of Sheffield ( manager of the Sheffield Gas Works)( Previously in the possession of George Anthony Hardy for 7 years at a rent of 25 pounds).

The 1683 will of Robert Eyre and the 1678  administration of Mary Froggatt nee Eyre can be purchased from Staffordshire online wills. Robert dies after Mary so she is not his heiress and he does not own Moorseats. 
Best wishes, Jennifer.

Thomas Eyre purchased the property in 1855 for 2500 pounds,(after he was married ) from John William Pye Smith of Sheffield and  lived there with Sophie until his death in(1862). ( Although he was most likely still carrying on business in Liverpool? unless this business had dissolved.) He was regarded as a yeoman or gentleman farmer .

moorseats doc

moorseats doc

 Thomas Eyre left the Moorseats property to his brother George and Rev Cottingham who was the pastor of Hathersage at some point . Sophie Eyre would have challenged this will, hence the suit between our Great Grandfather Charles Stubbs ( Charles was only 12 at the time, and I question who brought on the law suit )and Sophie. ( Sophie must have wanted to sell and obtain the proceeds of the sale – however the house was promised to George). It may have been on the instigation of Charles’  mother Anne Elizabeth Stubbs – who was Sophie Eyre’s sister! Hence it was sister against sister for the property , very juicy.

You will see that Thomas Eyre also had the property Kimbercourt which was sold to him by Samuel Priestly of Overstones in 1854.

Moorseats continued:

The present house of the 17th century date, although altered, bears all the characteristics of the smaller north derbyshire gabled manor house. A substantial service wing has been added to the north and this, with other alterations date to 1857 and Thomas Eyre. By the 1820’s the house was under the tenancy of a farmer, Charles Ibbetson of an old Hathersage family. In 1846, Moorseats was the occaisional residence of William Ibbetson esq.

One of the out buildings has pointed arched windows, and has been suggested as a former chapel built by the recusant eyres. A ghost is said to haunt the garden.

17 March 1864:

Sophia Eyre, formerly of Moorseats, now of Kensington Park, widow, and Benjamin Wightman and John William Pye Smith ( representing the mortgagees) to George Anthony Hardy of Sheffield, contractor. All the Moorseats and Kimbercales estates, for 2000 pounds paid to Pye Smith and 1000 pouns 17s.1d. paid into the Bank of England in the name of the Accountant General fo the Court of Chancery to the credit of the Cause Eyre v. Stubbs .

Other Properties owned by Thomas Eyre:

Kimbercourt /Kimbercote as it was known : A farmhouse early 19th century. Purchased by Thomas Eyre in 1854 around the same time as he was negotiating  Moorseats . Hannah Wright owned the property in 1844. Samuel Priestly of Overstones in Hathersage paris and mortgagee sold the property to Thomas Eyre of Moorseats n 1854 , the farm with closes etc. for 225 pounds of which 700 pounds paid to the mortgagee. This property was put up for sale at the same time as Moorseats in 1863.( It is a type 2 British listed property).

Clough House , Bamford Clough, Bamford. Known in Thomas Eyre’s day  as Clough farm.

1871 Clough House

1871 Clough House

This is a 4 bedroom country house with 9 acres and outbuildings, grazing and woodland. Situated at the top of Bamford Clough approx. 1/2 mile from the centre of the village. George Eyre and his two sisters lived there in 1871. He farmed 31 acres.

clough house 1990s

clough house and 26 acres grazing land

clough house and 26 acres grazing land

clough house description


clough house page 2

clough house page 2

Thomas also owned property in the Hamlet of Hathersage- Outseats called Golden Car – and Stanage Edge- at least a part of it.



Conveyance and Release Cam D/45 1 Jul 1863

These documents are held at Sheffield Archives but they don’t talk about Moorseats.

Sophia Eyre, late of Moorseats, but now of North Kensington Park, widow of Thomas Eyre, formerly of Liverpool but late of Moorseats, to John Spencer Ashton Shuttleworth. For completing the sale of all that allotment in the hamlet of Hathersage-Outseats called Golden Car (plan in margin) purchased by Shuttleworth, for £380, at a public auction of Eyre’s real estate. The said allotment was part of the estate of Thomas Eyre ordered to be sold by the Court of Chancery and the proceeds to be placed to the credit of the cause.

We don’t know why Thomas Eyre lost his properties, ( however his business failures in Liverpool may have had something to do with it ), nor do we know why it took him till he was sixty or so before he married to Sophia(30 years odd). Hence not being able to secure an heir.

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6 Responses to Moorseats Hall, Hathersage , owned by thomas eyre and other properties

  1. Brian Bouchard says:

    There was a case in Chancery, Eyre v Stubbs, of 1862 followed by an order for Moorseats and Kimber Court to be sold – see Sheffield archives CAM D 20 & 21

    • Thanks Brian. I will see if i can find out any more. This would be the death year of Thomas Eyre. The only Stubbs that i am aware of who went to court was my great grandfather Charles Stubbs , but whilst he was doing battle in early 1900s. Not sure that that was him in 1862!
      Thanks for the info.

  2. Jennifer Nicholas says:

    I am afraid you are mistaken in your account of the owners of Moorseats. My maiden name was Froggatt and I have researched the family through original documents. If you check the National Archives A2A catalogue you will find the following information. John and Mary Eyre bought Moorseates from the Wilcockson family in 1669 and moved there from their home in Froggatt. John died a few years later and Mary returned to Froggatt where sjhe died 1678. Their son John inherited Moorseats and passed it on to his son Benjamin. Benjamin had no male heirs and his widow Ann sold Moorseats to the Ibbotson family in 1743. The Eyres did not buy Moorseats until 1855.

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