This photo of
Hoe Hall is one of the earliest in the archive. It is
believed to show the Grounds family at Hoe Hall. The
family moved from the Hall at some time between 1872
and 1881 and thereafter rented it out.
Pevsner, in The Buildings of England,
describes the front: 'Early c19 façade of grey brick
with giant pilasters and a porch.' However, there's no
mention of the back part of the house with its
octagonal chimneys. English Heritage dates the back to
the 17th century and the front to 1845. William
Grounds lived there at the time.
TBG – the monogram of Thomas Byam Grounds on the
gateway to the churchyard. The device also appears on
the gables of 1 & 2 Hoe with the date 1872, at
he was thirty years old. Thomas inherited the estate
from his father, William, who died in 1866. An earlier
Thomas Grounds was churchwarden in 1785.
Joseph Perkins, who worked as a groom for
the Grounds family at Hoe Hall. In
the census of 1861
his age is 65. The death of a
Joseph Perkins is
recorded in 1865, most likely him,
so this photo is
probably from the 1860s.
Evelyn Wigg (1874-1899) was the daughter of
Charles Heyhoe Wigg and his wife
Ann (née Grounds).
Faith Wigg's death is recorded at
Lowestoft, at such an
early age that she may
perhaps have suffered
Charles Wigg is recorded in
the 1881 census at Hoe
Hall as a farmer of 700
acres employing fourteen men
and six boys.
Thomas Byam Grounds, Ann's
brother, was visiting Hoe
Hall at the time of the
1881 census. In the census ten
years earlier he
had been resident at Hoe Hall with
widowed mother Ann.
Charles' wife died in
August 1889 aged 53 and he
ceases to be the tenant at
Hoe Hall. It is thought that he
went to farm at Mowles
Manor, Etling Green, near
Roots had taken on the farm tenancy by
bad weather in July 1893.
July 1895 the Hall tenancy
to have changed hands
again, to a Mr
Brown was worried he
might be sacked
for being drunk.
In the 1901 census the Hall was occupied
by George Bagnall and his family. He was
a farmer from Warwickshire and for the
ten or so years before had been
farming at Gorgate Hall. George was most
likely to be the first person
in Hoe to have owned a car. J.
J. Wright, engineers in
Dereham, were agents for a
wide range of makes including
Ariel, better known later for
motorcycles. The Wright
company records show the sale
of a car in 1899 to George
Bagnall of Hoe Hall. It was
probably a Quadcycle, costing
Two intriguing photographs
from the early 1900s. The location is
the same in both and is thought to be in
Hoe but hasn't been identified.
Names of several Hoe residents present,
including Peggy Butterfield's Barker
grandparents, are known. Peggy
Butterfield described the photographs as
being of 'the entire staff of the Hoe
estate'. The Hall and
farm were let to George Bagnall by
1901. Bagnall had previously
farmed at Gorgate Hall.
Very similar photographs were taken in
other Norfolk villages to celebrate the
coronation of 1902 and 1911 (see Discovering
Old Norfolk, … the Photographs of Tom
Nokes by Susan Wright [Halsgrove,
George and Elizabeth Bagnall's son was
killed in 1917 and is commemorated in
photographed in the early 1920s, when it was let to the
Hall was divided and let to two families
in the 1950s, the Standleys and the
Gowings. Tennis at Hoe Hall: (standing)
David Standley and Anne Abbott (from the
Chestnuts), Ian Harper and unknown.
photograph from 1960.
Penelope Keith, Eve
Abbott and an American visitor
whose mother had had relations in
Hoe, outside Hoe Hall.
is a very jolly group, thought to have
been taken at Field House farm, Swanton
Morley, in the early 1940s. Back row,
left to right, are Cecil Nunn, Ted
Butters snr, Albert Dawson, Joseph
Brooks, Charlie Holmes; front row: Ivy
Butters, Stanley Sutton, Winnie Butters,
unknown, Sid Dack.
House sold for £11,000 with about
900 acres when the Bylaugh estate was
broken up in
C. Keith lived at Field House and farmed
Hoe Hall farm in the 1940s when this
picture was taken. Most of the people
here lived in Hoe.
Ted Butters (second from left) and mates
Snap – Ted Butters on the right.
A shooting party on Ayers Lane. Cliff
Hudson (extreme right) worked as Keiths'
gamekeeper for many years.