Hoe and Worthing Archive: Hoe Hall 


Hoe Hall

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 which time 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    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.

Faith Wigg    Faith 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 from    

    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 his
    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 gift of coal

John Roots had taken on the farm tenancy by February 1893.

Roots sheep

More bad weather in July 1893.

Devereux    In July 1895 the Hall tenancy appears
    to have changed hands again, to a Mr
    Devereux, whose employee James
    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 120 guineas.

Hoe group

Hoe group 2

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, 2011] ).

Bagnall Memorial

George and Elizabeth Bagnall's son was killed in 1917 and is commemorated in the Church.

west front

hoe hall 1921

Hoe Hall photographed in the early 1920s, when it was let to the Brundle family.

Hall fire report

December 1950.

tennis party

Hoe 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.

pony jumping

Newspaper photograph from 1960.

Keith obit    December 1966.

Penelope Keith & Eve Abbott

Penelope Keith, Eve Abbott and an American visitor whose mother had had relations in Hoe, outside Hoe Hall.

land girls

This 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.

Field House sold for £11,000 with about 900 acres when the Bylaugh estate was broken up in 1917. E. 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 at haytime.


Snap – Ted Butters on the right.

 hare shoot

A shooting party on Ayers Lane. Cliff Hudson (extreme right) worked as Keiths' gamekeeper for many years.