6 & 7 Hoe. The older of the two women is Mary
Butters. In the census of 1901 Mary Butters lived in
the cottages nearer the Angel and James and Ellen
Butters with their children in one of these
cottages. If the boy in the picture is their
youngest, Edward, it would date the photograph to
The wedding at Hoe on 2nd July 1902 of James Butters
(1876-1926) known to all as Jay, born at Swanton Morley
and bought up at Hoe in the cottage now known as
Crossways. He was a sergeant in the 3rd Battallion of
the Norfolk Regiment in the Boer War. His wife was Eliza
Rose Wilkin from Bardwell in Suffolk (1877-1975).
The woman on the far left is Lydia, James’ sister; the
lad to her left is her son Arthur. Arthur was injured in
WWI and is buried in Hoe churchyard: his grave is in the
care of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The
elderly seated gentleman is Jay’s father, John Butters,
buried in Hoe churchyard. Next are James (Jay) Butters,
his wife Eliza Rose Butters and Mary Butters, née Kirk,
buried in Hoe churchyard. The young girl on the right is
believed to be Lydia’s daughter Lillian. The man behind
Jay’s left shoulder is his brother Willy Butters, who
was a road man and ended up living at North Elmham.
After the wedding, Jay got a job as a coachman at
Burgate in Suffolk, then a job at Chelsworth in Suffolk
then in 1904 they ended up in Coddenham, Suffolk where
they had ten children. Jay died as a result of a tree
felling accident in 1926.
Thanks to John Butters for this photograph and story.
The back of 6 & 7 Hoe, on Ayers Lane, c.1900.
Driving the trap is Robert Barker, parish clerk for
thirty years and an agricultural labourer. With him are
his daughter Ann Elizabeth and her son, and her sister
Lucy Jane standing by the horse.
6 Hoe. Mr &
Mrs Henry Black on their Golden Wedding
Day, 1932. Henry worked as a yardman on a
Nos. 6 & 7 when still occupied by farm workers and
their families. The extension was built in about 1955
and included a bathroom.
6 & 7 Hoe became 'Crossways' in the late 1960s when
the cottages were bought by Major & Mrs Tyacke. This
is Major Tyacke's father in the garden.