History of Tan House Farm

THE TAN HOUSE a bit of history!

Tan House Farm Bed and Breakfast - Newland is a good example of a new style 17th century home. Compact and efficient, it is nevertheless proper architecture, the exterior is marked by symmetry and harmonious ratios, the balance of its dimensions is defined by a strong horizontal string course, and the vertical coin stones at each corner. Such characteristics can be sourced back to Renaissance Italian urban villas, but the earliest example of such a modern concept in England is found in a drawing of 1637 by the great architect Inigo Jones from the Jacobean Era. The design suited the establishment as in dower houses and rectories, but also the new growing business class. Always with a semi basement, you climbed steps up to the front door and the corresponding raised ground floor. Spacious high ceilinged rooms on two equal stories, a wide but modest staircase with a servant’s back stair generally included. As said, it suited the new merchant & manufacturer class very well, and did so for the Probyn family of Tanners who prospered in Newland for six generations. The dwelling house & the working Tannehouse are mentioned in the Will below and are both seen in the photo.



1671 Feb 9th Second year of Charles 11.

I William Probin the younger of Newland, Tanner, at present in good health. I give and bequeath unto each of my six children, William, John, Mary, Philip, Anne, Martha  £100.

My wife should meanwhile use and enjoy such legacies for their education etc.

To my beloved wife Mary I leave all lands, bringing £16-10 rent.

Mary my wife shall have the possession of my new dwelling house as also of the Tannehouse and stock therein and thereunto belonging, to be run and maintained until William comes of age to inherit the said Tan House.