Village History

Top page for all things historical we can find out about Honingham *see sub-menus for specifc items*

Barnado’s Boys

Do you remember the Barnado’s Boys at Honingham Hall?
Paul Blyth went to school with many of them and became firm friends with some; he has recently been in touch with Leon Squires, one of his school friends who was a Barnado Boy, and Leon came to see Paul and Sally recently, and they have just made a visit to Leon. Paul and Leon are hoping to arrange a reunion of as many “old boys” as they can and hope that the website may provide a way of getting in touch with them – Barnado’s would not be able to supply this information for obvious reasons.
This from Paul and Sally:
Leon came to see Paul in late March and was able to look at some of the archive material the village hall has about the Dr Barnado’s boys at Honingham Hall. They remembered each other and started thinking about other boys and whether they could arrange a reunion. Leon now lives in Tiverton and so when Paul  went to Devon in April, they could meet up again – this time with their respective wives, Jacky and Sally. Leon has a painting of Honingham Hall by Alf Baldwin which he had brought along. When Alf Baldwin retired from looking after the boys at Honingham Hall, he and his wife lived in one side of what is now Paul and Sally’s house.
If anyone has any contact with ex Honingham Hall boys, could they please let them know that a reunion is being considered.

Coffee Morning Tuesday 11th April 2017

Coffee morning next Tuesday in the Village Hall 10am’ish until 11am’ish. Lovely to see lots more people last month ? Join us for coffee, tea, biscuits, raffle and a chat…..also discussing our next Honingham History project ☕️??

History of Honingham

Received this today:

I was very pleased to see mention of my great grandmother Alice Curtis and her dear friend and my sisters godmother Emma Curson on your website. I understand that a Mr and Mrs Perrett now live in the house that was once the village shop. The last time I was in Norfolk was in the early 1980s to visit Emma Curson who had suffered a stroke and to see my great uncle Ted ( Curtis ) who was living in the house at that time. He died shortly after in such sad circumstances.
I have very dear childhood memories of Honingham …not least of fetching water from the pump ! I know I would find it greatly altered .
With many thanks , Jan Morris Jones.

Violet Norman – cremation Tues 7th Feb 2017

Violet’s cremation is to take place at Earlham Crematorium on Tuesday February 7th at 1:30pm.

Family flowers only, but, donations in memory of Violet can be given for the Alzheimer’s Society.

After the service family and friends are invited to the Honingham Buck for refreshments.

Thank you.


Visit from Roella – Granddaughter of the late Sir Edward Fellowes

Roella Trudgill contacted us via the Honingham website to say that she is delving into the history of her family and would love to see the Ailwyn Cup and any photo’s we have of the Fellowes or Ailwyns. Susan and Ray Grant, Julie Turner and Linda Human met Roella in the Village Hall and were able to tell her a bit more about her late Grandfather and family from photo’s and history extracts that have accumulated in the Honingham History archive. Mary loaned us the Ailwyn Cup for the day and Roella was able to take photographs of it. Thank you to all who helped! We have received this from Roella:

I really can’t thank you enough for arranging for me to see all the memorabilia relating to my ancestors – it really is much appreciated. Please convey my thanks to the others, whose names escape me so please could you remind me of them?
Below is a photo of me with the cup and the other one is of my grandfather, the late Sir Edward Fellowes, Clerk to the House 1954-1961, (b1895/d1970),cousin to Carol Fellowes, 4th Lord Ailwyn, (b1896/d1988)
My very best wishes from Roella.


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Honingham History Day

Honingham History Day was a great success!
All afternoon, interested villagers looked at logbooks, exclaimed (and often laughed!) at photos and pored over papers, absorbing unexpected and unknown facts from our village’s past.
There was an impressive display of artefacts and memories, collated and arranged by Erica, Susan, Sally, Julie and Linda with help from Michael and Brian. Thank you for enabling us to see Honingham in a new and fascinating light. Many people visited from the bowls and games day on the bowling green, and all enjoyed an amazing array of home-made cakes with their restorative cuppa!
Thank you to all contributors; cake-makers, bowlers and historians combined to make it a really good afternoon!
We made over £200, which was unexpected. It will be used to put Honingham’s history on show more visibly and permanently in the village hall.
Frances Middleton

Sunday Funday

we have 2 events in Honingham this Sunday (4th)…12 noon until 5pm for bowls, and 2pm to 5pm for the Hall.

Honingham Bowls have a go day, at the old Bowling Club, nothing formal just roll up and have a go! Also target bowls to win a small prize, and crazy golf or croquet for the children. Do have a go at “bowl in a box”…..prize is seeing Craig Matless eat his Next Sunday lunch in the pub – wearing a dress ? This just has to be won… will be obligatory Craig!

From 2pm the Village Hall is holding Honingham History Day…..a wonderful archive of stories, events and photo’s, see which families first lived in your house, read about life in the Village School (closed for a week to get the black currant harvest in, or a measles epidemic), the murder at Honingham Hall, the Honingham Hoard, the Americans stationed here during the war, and lots more. Teas, soft drinks and cakes will be available, plus a raffle in aid of the Village Hall. Any offers of help, raffle prizes or cakes gratefully received on the day or contact Linda on 01603 880089.

Coffee Morning

Tuesday 9th August it’s coffee morning time in the Village Hall ☕️?

Come for a chat and a cuppa, biscuits and raffle too ?

10am onwards

Wood working Skills needed

Anyone in the village good at carpentry, willing to give us a couple of hours work? We have a very long oak table in the village hall that is no longer useful as a table, however, the top is made up of 3 long planks. We would like these to be used as shelves that we could stand village information and history on – the table was in the original village hall so it has some history to it and it would be a sin to throw it away. Any offers pretty please? Thank you!

usual mob, Susan 881536, Sally 880286, Julie 881133 or Linda 880089

Information Required

Does anyone in the village remember what we did to celebrate HM Queen’s Golden Jubilee? We have photo’s and memories from her 25th, and William & Kathrine’s wedding…..but nothing re the 2002 50th. If anyone has any memories or photo’s could you please let us know? Susan 881536, Sally 880286, Julie 881133 or Linda 880089. Thank you.

We will be meeting again this Friday (15th) at 10am in Village Hall re planning for Honingham History Day. Please come along and share memories and pictures.