Hoe church was extensively rebuilt in
the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries on a much
reduced scale, without aisles. This Ladbrooke
lithograph is from 1823 when the road ran between
the church and the hall.
The old route of the road is shown on
the inclosure map of 1814.
[Courtesy of Norfolk Record Office
The tithe map surveyed in 1847 shows the
of Norfolk Record Office BR 276/1/119]
This terrier dated September 30 1716
lists the church furnishings:
A true and perfect Account of all ye Goods, Books,
Ornamts & Utensils belonging to ye Church of Hoe
in ye County of Norfolk & Diocese of Norwich.
One silver Chalice wth a Cover. weighing 14 ounces
One Carpet for ye Comunion Table
One Pulpit Cloth & Cushion of ye same
One fine Linnen Cloth for ye Comunion Table
One Surplice of Holland
Two Comon Prayer
The book of Homilies, & Bishp
[Courtesy of Norfolk Record Office DN/TER
Francis Blomefield and Charles
Parkin's An Essay towards a Topographical
History of the County of Norfolk (1739-1775)
contains this description of Hoe church:
To this hamlet belongs a chapel with
a nave or body, a north and south isle, and a
chancel covered with lead, with a square tower and
3 bells; and the cure is served by the vicar of
In the middle isle before the pulpit,
on a gravestone,
Orate p. a'i'a. Willi. Skarlet q;
obijt xx die Maij Ao. Dni. mcccclxxxiiii cuj;
a'ia. p'pitietr. Deus.
On another, [the photograph above shows what
Orate p. a'i'ab; Johs. Dunha de Hoo,
Gentilema, Alicie ux'is ejus, et Marg'e filic
corunde' Johs. et Alice, qui quidem Johs. obijt
xxii die Novembr. Ao. Dni. mcccclxvii quor.
a'i'ab; p'pit. Deus, cu' hiis qui oderunt pacem
erat pacificus, et cum loq'batr. illis impugnabant
north isle at the east end, was a chapel; in the
window, argent, a lion rampant, sable, crowned,
or, Morley; also the figures of a person lying as
dead on an altar tomb, and 5 priests as praying by
him, in a north widow; in the east window of the
said isle is a representation of the crucifixion;
and here was probably a clerk's chantry, there
being at the bottom of the said window,
Orate p. a'i'ab; Johs. Clerk agnet.
et Alicie uxr. ej; et p. q'ib; tenentur.
On a gray marble stone,
Here lyeth the body of Thomas Utber,
gent. deceased, Nov. 25, 1641.
In memory of Margaret, late wife of
Thomas Utber, gent. deceased, 17 Apr. 1622.
On an altar tomb, of black marble,
with the arms of L'Estrange, impaling argent,
three chevronels, sable, Lane; with this motto,
Mihi parta tueri.
Depositum Susannæ L'estrange uxoris
secundæ Rogeri L'estrange generosi, unius de
filiabus et coheredidus Franeisci Lane de Thuxton,
in hoc agro Norfol. generosi; quæ annos nata
xxxvii, denata est xii cal. Martij 1687, cui ob.
pietatem, virtutem et eximiam erga suos
benevolentiam, ut posteris etiam pietatis,
virtutis, et benevolentiæ exemplar innotesceret,
hoc monumentum, L.M.Q.P. conjux fidissimus.
And on a
mural monument against the east wall here [photograph above, the monument is
now on the north wall], the arms of Lestrange.
Few of the features described survived
the rebuilding. The font stands on four octagonal
stones which could well be from the shafts of the
demolished nave arcade pillars.
In vicino pulvere quiescunt exuviae
Rogeri Lestrange, generosi hujus loci nup.
incolae, qui illis vixit virtutibus ornatus quae
maxime conveniunt sapienti. Per universam vitam is
erat qui amicis charus, pauperi munificus, vicinis
gratiosus, suor. memor et providus ut esset, et
negotio sibi dedit et effecit, sacris interesse
nunquam drestitit. Æqui attentissime observans
litis perosus. benevolentiae fere prodigus. Hunc
itaq; tam integre et pie functum ijs officiis quae
graviter ad omnes spectant, et illis maturum
praemijs, quae solum optimis erogantur; Deus quasi
jam emeritum sibi in coelum vendicavit, salutis
1706, ætat. 63, Oct. 29. Sic parentabat Leuknor
He was his son by his 2d wife.
Roger's first wife was —, daughter of— Hastings;
his 3d wife, Amy, daughter of — Tyrell, remarried
to — Crow of Bilney.
In a north window of the chancel are
the arms of the see of Ely, and quarterly, gules,
three goats heads, erased, argent, attired or, in
the first and fourth, and in the 2d and 3d
ermine,—Morton Bishop of Ely.
This tomb slab in the nave floor isn't mentioned in
Blomefield, despite being of sufficient age. Perhaps
the delightfully amateur inscription and its
commemoration of a yeoman farmer, William Blackhall,
were reasons for its having been omitted.
This document, 'The Customs of the Towne of
Hoe…', is dated 1614 and lists the tithes due
from parishioners to the Rector. These tithe
customs were endorsed in 1723 by the then Rector
and churchwardens, W. Leach, William Cobb,
Robert Herring and William Foulgier.
[Courtesy of Norfolk Record Office
In 1806 a later copy transcribed the terrier as
An Act of
Parliament in 1836 commuted payment of tithes in
kind into cash and surveys of land, with maps,
were produced as an assessment of value. In Hoe
the survey was made in 1847 and sealed by the
government commissioners the next year.
of Norfolk Record Office
On the tithe map the fields are numbered to
refer to the survey list. Here is the entry for
Spring Farm, where James Fellows was the tenant
of the landowner, Edward Lombe, and was assessed
on his acreage (3 rods, 7 perches) at 1s. 6d. At
Manor Farm, Samuel Norton had to pay £53 5s. 7d
on 249 acres, 2 rods, 8 perches.
Norfolk Record Office
Among the few remaining traces of the medieval
church from before its rebuilding is this
flushwork crowned monogram M. The M symbol in
the pre-Reformation church denoted Mary, and
possibly in this case may also refer to the
Morley family, sometime lords of the manor of
Swanton Morley, whose coat of arms appeared in a
window until the rebuilding.
On the north wall this stone bears the date
April 1622. The rest of the text is
The south porch was restored in 1999. The
WG are most likely to
be those of William Grounds who
lived at Hoe Hall.
Revd Benjamin Armstrong was vicar
of East Dereham,
from 1850 to 1888. His diaries
describing events in the village,
December 1st 1857 and March 18th
Had a good
gallop on a hired pony with my
galloping alongside, to Hoe,
Norton & Mrs Blomfield who
is likely to die, &
like too many
prefers the ministrations of the
that of a
curate. Explained to her that
all priests are
she promised to receive the
curate in future.
the last time from the old
pulpit in Hoe
Church, the churchwardens having
a new pulpit
near the chancel steps. When a
board was removed, the iron by
which it was
over the head of the preacher
was found to
be worn away
to a mere thread which might
way at any
On September 24th 1852, Armstrong
visited Hoe's thirty-four 'poor
families, all of which possess a
copy of the Holy Scriptures, and
are all baptized. The whole of
them belong to the Church, except
two families who are Mormonites…'.
Dereham's branch of the Mormon
church was founded on 24th March
1861 census for Hoe. Jeremiah
Jones (the younger), his wife
and children were one of those
Mormon families. They emigrated
to America in 1862, by then with
three children, sailing from
Liverpool to New York.
This little mustard-pot lid came
from Dereham Vicarage. Peggy
Butterfield, who lived at Spring
Farm, Hoe, until 1978, was given
it by her aunt, Elizabeth
Barker, who worked at the
(1830-1904) was Parish Clerk for
thirty years. He worked as a
In June 1894, George Bagnall
lived at Gorgate Hall, and at
Hoe Hall from about 1900.
Throughout the early years of the
were held in aid of
the rebuilding of the
In June 1907, this
bazaar was 'a
once the money had been raised but the
tower fell again and the fund was used
instead to build the parish room,
which opened in 1912.
This letter is from Patience Puddy,
of the local
doctor, Eric Puddy, to
Grace Kenny about
her mother, Emma
Dawson (see 8-9 Hoe).
In 1959 a new
banner for the Mothers'
Union was to be
dedicated, along with
an offertory bag
in Mrs Dawson's
Emma Dawson's grave at her funeral
The cherry trees, which were planted
for the 1977 Silver Jubilee, looking
spectacular. Cliff Hudson took the
photo while his dogs waited.
1954, Bunnings of Gressenhall made
this iron gate
churchyard. David Bunning's
its installation (we have not yet
In 2010 David
(left) refurbished the gate in
memory and is photographed here with
the churchwarden who looks after the
Hoe resident Dr Josephine Lloyd wrote
and published a history of St Andrew's
church in 2010. Among those present at
the launch were (left to right, from
the font) Jenny Tuckwell, Ernie Lloyd,
who took the photographs for the book
and John Tuckwell, churchwarden.
Josephine Lloyd is standing in front
of the door.
In 2016, John Tuckwell remade the
wooden crosses marking graves in the
church yard extension. The originals
had rotted and some of their positions
were uncertain. Surveys made in the
1970s by the Swanton Morley Family
History Group were consulted to
establish the names of the interred,
among whom was Emma Dawson.