As recently as 1820 a Hob man worked for the family of Oughtred who lived and farmed by Hob Hill. Unobserved, he would turn the hay, drive the cows, winnow the corn and top and tail the turnips. One day the Hob man left never to return. No one is sure why he left but it is thought that the farmer may have hung his coat on the winnowing machine and forgot to remove it when his days work was done. The Hob man may have thought that it had been left for him and no offence, it seems, could be greater than to offer a Hob man clothes of any kind.