The Chestnuts is thought formerly to have been a pub,
the Chequers. This map of 1775 shows a chequered sign
and the pub was offered for sale in 1794, part of the
holdings of St Martins brewery, Norwich. On the map,
plot 31 is called 'Checker Garden'.
[Courtesy of Norfolk Record Office MS 4532]
The Chestnuts hidden behind spring foliage. A
scarecrow is guarding the vegetable garden. 1950s?
Norman and Eve Abbott lived at the Chestnuts (known as
'The Nuts' by the family) for over fifty years. Norman
was a commercial traveller selling feed for farm
stock. He was also a very enthusiastic amateur actor.
Norman's dog got him into trouble in 1946.
In 1978 Norman had a role in Graham
Leaving Lily, a WWI drama
filmed partly in Hoe, a copy of
which is kept in the Archive.
Hoe Hall was let to two families in the 1950s, the
Standleys and the Gowings. Norman and
Eve's daughter Anne was friends with the tenants.
David Standley and Anne Abbott with
Jane Gowing (in front).
Michael Sebastian Tyler Whittle, author and
school master, arriving to tutor Anne
for her English School Certificate.
Anne in the Chestnuts garden, late 1950s.
brother Richard was awarded
the MBE in 1977.
standing in the doorway of The Chestnuts.