End of an era for farm at Sneaton Castle

A FARM which has been worked for 94 years is to close down, it has been announced this week.

The Sisters at The Order of The Holy Paraclete confirmed their farm at Sneaton Castle is to close.

No date has yet been fixed but manager Gavin Stainthorpe, the farm’s only employee, has been advised of the plan.

A spokesman for the Sisters said the farm had been running at a loss for some time but that they had planned to keep it running and relocate it to a nearby site had proposals for a Tesco store and affordable housing been given the go-ahead.

But now, the order hopes to sell the land in order to fund the building of its new priory and continues to explore options for the site but nothing has been finalised.

Sister Dorothy Stella said: “We have explored all options for keeping the farm going but can no longer carry the financial losses the farm is making.

“It is with deep sadness that we have to make this announcement at this time.

“Naturally our first concern is for Gavin and we are talking with him about how and when the closure will come into effect.”

Previously Yorkshire developer S Harrison had hoped to help meet the town’s social housing shortage by bringing new affordable homes to the site, alongside a new Tesco store, petrol filling station and extra care facilities.