History-The village & the people

The majority of historical photos will be placed here. Showing how the village has developed over the years & a few familiar faces in there too!

Mrs Robinson – Church Farm House

The farm and house had been separated for some years and in 1950 the house was occupied by Mrs Mary Burton – widow of Dr Burton, and her daughter Helen. Help for the house and garden was obtained from the village people. Mrs Burton died well into her 90’s and Miss Helen  continued to live there for some time on her own. Eventually she decided  to move into a smaller home in Norwich, selling the house to Mr William Quinton, whose grandfather William Grand had been landlord of the Honingham Buck.

Mr Quinton was a Barclays Bank  manager and his son Richard became chairman of Barclays Bank. He and his brother Michael and sister Shirley lived at Church Farm House until their marriages. Michael married  the second daughter of Mr Bert Smith. With the children gone Mr & Mrs Quinton found the house too large and moved back to Norwich, selling the house to Mr & Mrs Myrtle, who built the brick wall which now encloses the road side of the garden.

Mr Myrtle was a director of Norwich Breweries, and when it was taken over he moved to Scotland, selling the house to Mr & Mrs David Hooker, who converted the back part of the house for Mrs Hooker’s parents, Mr & Mrs Harry Hodgson. In 1987 Mr & Mrs Hooker were working in London but usually spending their weekends at Church Farm House.

The Red House (by Mrs Robinson)

In 1950 the house was occupied by Mr & Mrs Morris and their children Stephen, Bill, Virginia and Ben. Earlier that year Lady Ailwyn had moved out to Surrey, having moved into The Red House with Lord Ailwyn when the estate was sold up in 1935. At one time it was occupied by Mr & Mrs Frost, one of the Honingham Hall Estate agents. His daughters Hilda and Ethel continued to live in the village.

Red House was bought by the Ministry of Transport when the line of the by-pass was decided, and was let on a 2 year lease to Mr & Mrs Kraft, with 2 children Julian and Susan, who they educated at home. When they left to go to Devon Mr & Mrs Douglas Beaton moved in with their son Angus. At the end of their 2 years they moved to Garvestone.

The Ministry then sold the property to Mr & Mrs Alan Secker, who made considerable alterations to the house. Alan had worked with a builder named Gibson who had done a great deal of work for the Estate, so knew the house and the village well. They had two children Julian and Karen. They were still living there in 1987, trying to sell the house but keep the side garden on which to build a bungalow. Mr Secker had bought the chimneys from the demolished Hall, which he planned to incorporate into the bungalow, and the site is already divided into Red House and Red House Lodge.

They sold out completely and moved to a bungalow in Dereham in 1989.

Mrs Robinson’s history of Hall Drive

In 1950 three families lived in the converted farmhouse on the right hand side of the drive going out of the village. In the first were Mr & Mrs Ted Wright and Ted’s uncle Basil. In the middle Mrs Hinchcliffe and Mr Richardson lived with their family Alan, Eileen, Rita, Keith, Trevor and James. And in the end were Miss Oswick and Mr Green.

the first, after many changes is now owned by 2 ladies who live in Norwich. Mrs Hinchcliffe still lives in the middle. Mrs H’s sister Mrs Thompson moved into the third when Mrs Oswick died, and she then sold to Mr & Mrs Stebbings who had been living in one of the Hall Farm cottages. (They were still there in 1987).

With the coming of the bypass a triangular piece of land was left on the left hand side of the drive. On this was built two houses… “Treetops” owned by Mr & Mrs Keith Harvey, and the other by Mr Peter hales, a landscape gardener who made a feature of the front of his property. Both of these houses stand high above the drive.

The piece of land lying between the main drive and the access to the Hinchcliffe and Stebbings properties was bought by Mr Rudd. He bought land on the other side of the river on which he built a house. This he sold and bought the meadow which lay behind the houses on The Street. Here he built a house into which he moved, while he proceeded to build a bungalow into which he intended to move. He died before it was finished, but Mrs Rudd moved in and sold the house.

The Police House (Now no 1 Norwich Rd) by Mrs Robinson.

This house stands opposite Richmond Close.

in 1950 it was occupied by P.C. Leonard Shaw and his wife Pat. They were there for some years, but he was eventually transferred and P.C.Edwards took over, followed by many others in fairly quick succession.

With the reorganisation of the Police Force the house was put on the market and purchased by Mr Rampton for one of his workers – a Mr Sturman who had a large family.

When Mr Sturman retired most of his children had married and he and his wife moved into a bungalow in Fellowes Rd, and the Police house stood empty for some time. In 1987 it had recently been sold to a young couple.

Hall Farm Cottages

Mrs Robinson says there are 4 cottages situated near the old walled garden and the lake. In 1950 they were occupied by

Mr & Mrs Walter Hammond and their daughter.

Mr & Mrs Smith with their son & Daughter.

Mr & Mrs Toll and their son – who married one of the assistant matrons at The Hall .

Mrs Cappucci.

The Smiths eventually retired to a bungalow in Fellowes Rd and then to Aylsham.

After Mr Toll’s retirement and move to Norwich his house was occupied by Mr & Mrs Notley and their son, who followed Mr Toll as gardener at the Hall. His son eventually married the Smith’s daughter.

Occupation of these cottages has changed many times, Mr & Mrs Dye being the only ones with a long term occupancy. Their children Mandy and Nigel grew up there, and in 1987 were occupying the cottage originally occupied by the Hammonds.

Mrs Robinson’s history of Nos 15 & 16 (Now Gun Cottages, 3 & 5)

There is a triangle of grass in front of these cottages. Old maps show that there was once a village pump situated there. It was also the resting place of a WWI German cannon – this was sent for scrap iron in the second war, and the site is now occupied by the Village Sign. Erected in Jubilee Year (1977), the ironwork was supplied by H Blyth & Son, and the base was built by H Smith & Son incorporating flints taken from the old flint and thatch Farm House featured elsewhere in these pages.

Number 15 was in 1987 occupied by Mrs Effie Clark – she moved there with her husband and 2 children in 1950. Next door were Mr & Mrs Grass and their son Peter, who later became landlord of The Buck.

These cottages were originally owned by Bert and George Smith respectively.

Bessie Grass died, and Will moved into an old people’s home at Wroxham. 16 was then let to a Mr & Mrs Jackson.


Hall or Home Farm, by Mrs Robinson

Mr & Mrs Rowbottom lived there in 1950, and a lot of the land was still worked by horses. (Mr Rowbottom’s father had moved into the property from a farm in the Gog-ma-Gog hills near Cambridge.)

After buying the estate Mr Rampton arranged for Ted – by now a widower – to move into the Village lodge, which he had modernised for him. This done, the land was incorporated into the Rampton farming system. For a short while he installed the manager, Mr Reeder, in the house, but later rented the house to Mr & Mrs Chillingworth.

In 1987 they were understood to be about to leave for a smaller property they had bought for their retirement, and Mr Rampton’s son will be taking over occupation.