Hoe and Worthing Archive: Mill Lane 


Chapel mill

'Gressenhall' Mill, also called Chapel Mill, seen in 1905. In fact, it was in Hoe and its foundations are still visible. A flour mill, it was driven by the stream running beneath it. Boilers were added to increase its power but caused its destruction by fire in December 1914. The Mill house survived.


[Courtesy of Jonathan Neville, Norfolk Mills website]

mill fire    A newspaper photograph. The mill ruin was demolished
    and Stammers continued their business in Dereham in a
    newly built mill

mill fire

Firemen still at work the morning after.

mill ruin

A postcard by the Dereham photographer H. J. Cave. The rear wall of the mill had been built of wood and was completely destroyed by the fire. The wrecked mill machinery can be seen.

There is a detailed history of the mill and of Hoe's windmill at http://www.norfolkmills.co.uk

stables before conversion

The Mill House stables in about 1960 before conversion to a house. The Hermitage is on the left and also in the picture is the river which forms the parish boundary.

Walthew-Mellor    Rodney Walthew ran a livery business in the


By 1985 the stables had been converted into a house. The wooden bungalow was later replaced with a brick-built house.

hermitage 1952

Maurice Eglen's family lived at Mill Cottage, Hoe, said to have been renamed The Hermitage by Dr Puddy, who owned the house, because of confusion with the Mill Cottages on Bittering Street, Gressenhall, attached to the windmill there. This photo is from May 1952. In fact the house had been called The Hermitage in the 1891 census and was probably newly built about ten years earlier when it was occupied by Robert Stammers, the miller at Chapel Mill.

Mill Lane 1952

Mill Lane in June 1952.

hermitage xmas

Christmas 1951 at The Hermitage.

George Eglen
    George Eglen, Maurice's grandfather, at
    The Hermitage. He worked as an
    engine man at Stammers mill.

Albert & Herbert Eglen    Albert & Herbert Eglen (Maurice's father
    and uncle) with a football trophy.


Maurice's father Albert, Herbert's wife, grandmother and mother. The family had a great sense of fun. This photograph taken about 1923 has shows them posing with a cat, a plant
and a goose.

Herbert Eglen    Herbert Eglen in his chauffeur's uniform.
   He was chauffeur to the Sayers and then
   a gardener for Gows.

Mill Lane flood

October 1993 was a wet month!