On the enclosure map of 1814, what appear to be
extensive pits are shown in plot No. 89.
[Courtesy of Norfolk Record Office C/Sca/2/243]
For most of the
nineteenth century, the brickyard was in the tenancy
of the Kitteringham family. William was head of the
family in the census of 1841 and they continued
until 1891, when Downing Kitteringham was the
manager. He also enumerated the censuses for Hoe in
1881 and 1891.
The OS map of 1882 shows the location of the kiln.
details and plan from the auction catalogue of the
Bylaugh park estate, 1917.
Plot 7 on the plan is described as ĎA piece of Market
Garden Groundí. It was bought by a Mr E. F. Howard for
£100. Perhaps he supplied the market in Dereham with
Alec Anderson lived most of his life at
Brick Kiln farm cottages and worked at Dillington
Hall farm. He was a dispatch rider in the Home Guard
during WWII. This photo is from September 1952.
The first combine harvester in the area, a Claas.
Originally without its own engine and powered by the
tractor, it was modfied with the addition of a Ford
industrial engine on top. Alec Anderson is driving the
tractor. August 1952.
Alfred Bunting, March 1958
barley straw at Brick Kiln farm in August 1968. The
newspaper report records a late harvest that year.
Brick Kiln farmhouse when it belonged to Vic and
Eileen Ringwood in the 1970s. They ran a business
called Spinners in the small white building, selling
fleece, yarn, dyes and spinning equipment. Vic and
Eileen were both skilled weavers. Vic was awarded a
Churchill Fellowship to study the passementerie
industry in France, becoming an expert maker
himself, passing on the business to one of his
daughters on his retirement.
The house has been extended since then, but the
Bylaugh estate chimneys still stand out.
Rabbit's Foot barn was converted into a house in the
1980s. It was formerly part of the agricultural
buildings of Manor farm, Hoe.
highest land in Hoe is at Brick Kiln Farm, 64
metres above OD. The soil is lighter and sandier
than elsewhere and on old maps is called Staunton
Heath, indicating that it wasn't good arable land.
On the map of the Helwys estate from the late
eighteenth century part of it is marked as The
The Lord of the Manor had the right to graze the
Fold Course with both his and his tenants' sheep.
The land was only periodically cropped because it
was poor soil, like the Brecks. The soil was
fertilized by the animals and could then be
In recent years the land has been used for raising
pigs outdoors. Flocks of wintering lapwings
appreciate the disturbed soil.
The heath, looking towards Dereham.