8 & 9 Hoe were farm workers' cottages until the
late 1960s when they were sold and converted into one
dwelling, Flint House. This photo was probably taken
in the 1930s, before they were altered. The garden
wall was demolished at some time and rebuilt in the
1990s by Douggie Townsend.
Theophilus (Dick) Barker in a garden which may be at
8 Hoe. His parents Robert and
Priscilla are recorded as
living 'near the Angel' in the 1901
Dick Barker was born in 1876 and
was an agricultural
labourer, like his father, by the
age of fifteen. In the 1911
census he was a timber merchant's
Albert Edward Barker was Dick Barker's younger
brother. He was a career soldier in the Norfolk
Regiment. This photograph shows him with his
campaign medals from the South African war. From
Corporal he was promoted to Company Sergeant Major
in WWI. He was wounded in 1916 but died in France
in July 1918 aged 40. He is buried in Tannay
cemetery, Thiennes, and commemorated on the war
memorial in Dereham.
married Frederick Butterﬁeld 'from' 8 Hoe
in 1903. Lucy was the mother of
Margaret (Peggy) and
Mabel Butterfield who lived at
Spring Farm with Lucy
when she married Cyril Norton
following the death of
Fred in an accident.
The report of Frederick Butterfield's fatal
9 Hoe – Ron Wright's album and memories
of the 1940s
Granny, Susanna Sparkes, on her tricycle. Her
daughter Nellie, holding the puppy Spot, was
Jean and Ron's mother. At the back of 9 Hoe. The
porch was built by Richard Sparkes.
Ayers Lane. Grandad Richard and Granny
Susanna with Ron and Jean.
Jean at the pump on 'Norton's' Lane (Spring
said that if he or Jean was
caught doing nothing they
would be handed the bucket
and told to fetch water. The
pump supplied all the
cottages round about until mains
water arrived in 1968.
Frank Jermy – adopted by Mr and Mrs Sparkes.
The Sparkes family in about 1918. Parents
Richard and Susanna with their children Louisa,
Albert and Nellie (standing) and Eva and Billie
(seated). Louisa was the mother of Sheila
Willis, who worked at the Gorgate shoe factory.
Albert was a prisoner of war during WWI. He
worked at Dereham Maltings for 25 years and
lived in Crown Road opposite the school. Nellie
was the mother of Ron and Jean Wright.
9 Hoe – Anne Parsley's album and
Emma and Albert Dawson, Anne's grandparents.
Emma and Albert Dawson in the garden of 9 Hoe,
8 & 9 Hoe in the late 1940s, before
conversion to Flint House. Emma Dawson (right) with her
neighbours Mrs Sparkes and
A Dawson family group posing for a photo taken
at the bottom of Ayers Lane, looking towards
Spring Farm, 1950s
The garden of 8 Hoe before a driveway was made.
Anne's grandfather (foreground) photographed for
a newspaper story about tractors replacing
horses on farms, 1955.