The Angel shown on a map of 1778.
The pub was in existence in 1780 but the present
house is a later building, probably mid 19th
century. There was also a farm which continued until
the 1960s, when it was run by Bertie Holliday.
[Courtesy of Norfolk Record Office MS4532]
In the 1861 census there were two lodgers, drovers
from Fransham, and an elderly widow boarder, 'on the
The Angel in about 1915. The side door was the bar
entrance, beyond it at ground level is the cellar
window. Beer was brought up by hand from the
cellar into the kitchen, in the range of older
buildings behind, and served through a small hatch.
was taken by Vernon Gladden who was
staying there with the Ayers family, who were his
Walter Ayers was landlord of the pub from 1888
to 1923. Here are his daughters Lily, Edie (seated in
the donkey cart) and Florence in 1905.
Edith died the year after the photograph was taken.
Walter Ayers was a farmer as well as a
publican. In 1901 he lost four corn
Theophilus (Dick) Barker and friend by the Angel wall.
Cycling was a craze in the early 1900s.
May 1927. Counties had been obliged to set up
professional police forces by an act of parliament in
1856, so quite why Hoe parishioners were still being
appointed as constables, the system which preceded the
police, isn't clear.
The Angel ceased trading as a pub
Hoe has been dry since then.
Ron and Jean Wright at the Angel back door. Bertie
Holliday, the farmer, was very well liked by everyone.
May 1942. Didn't anyone walk?
Janet Holliday's wedding, 1959.
The Angel in about 1985. The door to the bar has
been bricked up.
The barn was converted to be part of the house about
1980 by the then owner, Graham Baker. Graham is a
film director and made Leaving Lily, a WWI
story, some of which is set in Hoe and which Norman
Abbott (see The Chestnuts) acted in.
Eilean MacGibbon in the byre, 1985.
The telephone box doesn't get much custom now. It is
a K6, designed by Sir
Giles Gilbert Scott in 1935,
and is a Grade II listed building.