Hoe and Worthing Archive: The Chestnuts 


chequers Grounds map

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 Abbott car

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 Abbottt's dog    Norman's dog got him into trouble in 1946.

Norman Abbott retirement

Norman Abbott's medal    October 1973.
    In 1978 Norman had a role in Graham Baker's film
    Leaving Lily, a WWI drama filmed partly in Hoe, a copy of
    which is kept in the Archive.

David Standley, Jane Gowing and Anne Abbott

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).

Tyler Whittle

Michael Sebastian Tyler Whittle, author and school master, arriving to tutor Anne for her English School Certificate.

Anne Abbott

Anne in the Chestnuts garden, late 1950s.

Richard Abbott   Anne's brother Richard was awarded
    the MBE in 1977.

Eve Abbott

Eve Abbott standing in the doorway of The Chestnuts.