100 continuous years of Coggan generations living in Stratford sub Castle - page 2

Doris Coggan (daughter of Reginald and Elsie Coggan)

Doris had hated living at the farm-house, particularly during the years the slaughterhouse was in operation, and within a couple of years of inheritance she set about selling the house.


In 1962, she built the cedarwood bungalow (named Parsonage Farm Cottage) directly opposite the farm-house, for her nephew, Pat, Audrey and family, as he was running the farm. Phyllis (Jack’s first wife) had Kent Cottage built (naming it after the county of her birth), in Mill Lane. Doris bought a house in Alderbury, where she lived until the late 1980’s, when she moved into a unit in St Ann St, Salisbury. She died on 22 June 1999.


Doris built 2 more Woolaway bungalows in the village, next to the entrance to Castle Keep. Both have now been rebuilt and Parsonage Farm Cottage bungalow was demolished and replaced by a new house in 2019.

During the 1960’s Doris sold off several parcels of farm land for housing, including Castle Keep and St Lawrence Close. Prior to the development of Castle Keep, archaeologists from Salisbury Museum spent some time excavating for Roman remains, as the original Portway roman road [6] passed through this site. The playing field to the north west of the Portway was also sold during this period, and was also excavated by archaeologists.[7]

Does anyone know what was recovered from these Stratford sites?


Are there any photos?

Near Orchard House (on the Salisbury side) there used to be 4 farm worker cottages arranged on 2 sides of a square. They were constructed of cob walls and thatch roofs. They were demolished in 1961. Jacqui (Jack’s daughter) remembers accompanying Doris to collect rent from the tenants.


Richard (Reginald’s great grandson) has a vague memory of their existence, and was delighted to find an excellent article about  The Square [8] by Kerry O’Connor on the Stratford website.

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Does anyone remember these cottages, or have any more photos?

Patrick and John early life (Reginald’s grandsons)

As stated earlier, Patrick (1930) and John (1932) were born to Phyllis and Jack at Parsonage Farm. The boys remained with their mother Phyllis at Parsonage Farm (after the divorce) until the late 1930’s, when they moved into ‘Four Winds’, St. Mark’s Avenue in Salisbury. After the outbreak of WWII Doris persuaded them to move back into Parsonage Farm house. 


Pat and John’s primary schooling was at St Probus, to which they cycled every day. They both went to Dauntseys School at West Lavington between 1944 – 1947; as their father Jack was an Old Dauntsean. Pat would later tell his family stories of how he and John got up early to milk the school’s dairy herd, before breakfast and the day’s schooling. Pat was also a keen rugby player and boxer.


When they each finished school, Pat joined his grandfather Reg in running Parsonage Farm, while John moved to West Tytherley, joining his father in the meat industry. In 1957 John married Francoise Loetscher and they had three children, Michele, James and Caroline.

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Pat & John in Dauntsey School uniform

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Three generations of Coggans at Salisbury cattle markets, then located off Ashley Rd. 

L to R John, Pat, Jack and Reginald.

Between them, there would be over a century of livestock trading, around the Salisbury area.

Patrick Coggan (grandson of Reginald) known as Pat and sometimes, Paddy

Patrick met Audrey Hunt (2nd November 1931 – 5th June 2021) through the Young Farmers Club. She was the second daughter to Jim and Maud Hunt, farmers of Ford Farm, Ford.

Audrey’s younger sister Judy remembers Pat visiting Audrey on a tractor. Phil recalls Pat saying these visits were en route to West Tytherley, while he was transporting farm machinery from Parsonage Farm to Home Stud.

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Pat and Audrey were married on 20th June, 1953 at St Andrews Church, Laverstock.


Back row L to R: Phyllis, John, Pat, Audrey, Jim & Maud Hunt, and Jack


The bridesmaids are Claire Webb, Sara Coggan (Pat's youngest half-sister), Sally and Judy (Audrey’s sisters)

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Jackie Coggan, (Sara's eldest sister) remembers that at the wedding Sara (daughter of Jack & Pamela and 6 at the time), caused much merriment as she winked at the vicar!

They moved into the middle section of the Parsonage Farm House. Family followed fairly quickly, with Richard born in March 1954, Mary in May 1955 and Philip in April 1957.

Pat continued to run Parsonage Farm with a mixture of beef cattle and pigs. In the 1960’s he helped build an animal feed mill on the site of the old slaughterhouse, and became managing director of Coggan Milling Company. Pat, who had wanted to be an engineer, with his friend and neighbour David Todd spent many weeks and months designing and constructing various components of the milling machinery.


Outside of work, Pat was very involved in many organisations, both in the village and further afield. He was a member of the Salisbury & District Agricultural club, and county chairman during the volatile time for farmers when the UK was joining the EEC or Common Market in the early 70’s. He was a member of the Salisbury Chamber of Commerce, representing the National Farmers Union.


During his sixties, Pat served as a magistrate of Salisbury court, often serving alongside his neighbour Mary Todd, who was also a magistrate.

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Pat was a proud Wiltshire-man, and donned his smock when the occasion warranted. He enjoyed travelling up to Lackham Agricultural College at Lacock on open days, putting on his smock, and telling the visiting public how various items of old farm machinery used to work. Edward Slow’s book of poems in the Wiltshire dialect, was a well thumbed volume on his bookshelf.


Within the village Pat and Audrey were both keen members of the Stratford Singers and the All in an April Evening drama players.


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Both were members of the Parish Church Council (PCC) and church wardens at different times. During Pat’s time as church warden, 5 new bells were added to the church tower. Up until that time there were only 2 bells. 

Could those two bells swing, or just be struck??

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Ed. Pictured L-R David Todd, Paddy Coggan, Michael Parker. This image comes from an article about the church bells. [9]

For many years Pat and David Todd would set up flood-lights around the St Lawrence church tower over the Christmas period.

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Audrey also trained to become a licenced Pastoral Assistant, and she visited sick or housebound members of

St Lawrence Church, to pray with them and administer communion. She also assisted the vicar in administering communion in the church services.


While Pat was the outgoing, larger than life partner, Audrey undoubtedly provided the strength, love and support at home, to enable him to be involved in so many things.


References & further Information

[6] The Portway Roman Road  David J James https://www.stratfordsubcastle.org.uk/the-portway

[7] 2019 geophysical survey of the playing field Kerry O'Connor https://www.stratfordsubcastle.org.uk/oslp-roman-road

[8] Stratford's 'Slum' Square Kerry O'Connor https://www.stratfordsubcastle.org.uk/slum-square-stratford-sub-castle

[9]  Church Bells Jim Platt https://www.stratfordsubcastle.org.uk/church-bells