There have been Littletons at Chark as far as records go back. The family were tenant farmers on the Lanhydrock Estate. Clive Littleton was born here, but moved at the age of 2 with his parents to Pullington Farm in nearby Sweetshouse.
In 1978 we purchased Pullington Farm from the Estate, founding the dairy herd with 10 cows, milked into buckets, and later Chark Farm when Clive’s uncle John was ready to retire as the last tenant of the farm.
The dairy unit at Chark was built in the early 90’s and we moved the cows across (by foot down the main road!).
The barns were converted and the stables built during 2002/2004 with help of diversification grants, and the first lettings were in July 2003.
Have milked cows since 1978 we stopped in September 2015 and now raise beef cattle from calves to fat. No need to ask anymore where the bull is before venturing in the fields!
As well farming Chark and Pullington we rent several other small farms in the area, a total of about 500 acres.
Our two sons are not interested in taking on the farm. Our eldest son Peter has a Law degree with German, and now a theology degree and is a deacon assisting in a parish in Sidcup, Kent. Our youngest son, Martin went off to Uni in the Netherlands in Autumn 2015 but although he liked the life over there the course was not right for him, and he is currently supervisor at a doggy daycare and kennels in Reading. He is thinking about going to to NZ to work next year.
Our daughter Becky is a competent horsewoman, and earns her living breaking, schooling and producing competition horses, as Head Girl in the team of TB Equestrian on the edge of Bodmin Moor. Becky is passionate about eventing and currently competes at British Eventing 2* events. She is also an excellent instructor from beginners to advanced, teaching owners on their own mounts. We’ve usually got a couple of young horses at Chark, minding them while they grow up and become ready to start work. If you are interested follow TB Equestrian on Facebook