Old Cockton Farm
Old Cockton Farm has been in the Dartos family for generations and can be traced back to the beginning of the seventeenth century. Although anecdotally, the Dartos family say they have been farming the land since the fifteenth century but this can’t be confirmed.
The arable farm used to surround the village of old Cockton but in the eighteenth century the farm fell on bad times and the area around Old Cockton was no longer farmed and the adjacent woodland encroached onto the land. The Dartos family continued to farm the more fertile land north of Old Cockton.
The current landowner, Douglas Dartos, mainly farms wheat with the help of his two sons, his wife died of an unfortunate farming accident when a tractor Doug was driving crushed her to death. A subsequent investigation absolved Doug of any responsibility, although rumours abound that he planned the accident.
The extent of Old Cockton Farm was further reduced when parts were subject to a compulsory purchase order to free up land to build the Cockaigne Housing Estate as part of the grand experiment to create the town of Cockaigne.
Doug Dartos resented being forced to sell part of his farm, this resentment deepened when he learnt of the new bylaws of the town and the open attitude to nudity and sexual intercourse.
A small part of the farm remains within the Cockaigne boundary so they must obey the bylaws while farming that patch of land. The only vehicle access to the farm is a small track that is only accessible by driving through Cockaigne.
Doug Dartos: Landowner, farmer and father of 2 sons, 41 years old
Archie Dartos: 19 years old
Leo Dartos: 17 years old