The Homestead

The Homestead was built in 1773 by William Mercer, a saddler and harness maker from Harlaston and remained in the control of the Mercer family for the next 234 years.  It was a saddle and harness-maker's workshop; farm; turnpike tollgate, grocery store; off-license and home. A local Author John Birch has written a book about the Homestead and the male linage of the Mercer family, and has kindly allowed the book to be accessed here (link to the book will follow).  



                  Merric Maurice Mercer c 1904

            The Homestead c 1920 and 2007

       Aerial photo of The Homestead 1967