Hoe Lodge was
for sale in July 1890 following the death of Azariah
Waters, who had farmed there since the 1850s.
The sale plan shows the house, in red, with the farm
buildings around it, and the railway close by.
John Hotblack JP, Mayor of Norwich in 1884, bought
the estate for £7250.
[Courtesy of Norfolk Record
Office BR 379/Hood, Vores & Allwood,
a stack at Hoe Lodge farm. Early 1920s.
The man on the ground is Walter Herbert
Wicks and the thatcher is his father,
Herbert Lance Wicks.
Herbert Lance Wicks photographed in 1903
by Cave of Dereham. The picture was almost
certainly intended as a portrait of the
horse! Herbert worked at Hoe Lodge and at
Quebec Hall farm and the location of this
photograph is not known.
The ’thirties were a bad time for
agriculture. In July 1937
Hoe Lodge failed to sell.
Threshing at Hoe
Lodge, 1946. Second
from the left may be
Hubert Grout and top
right is William
Lown, farm steward
at Manor Farm, Hoe.
The men are probably
from all the local
farms. Fred Dann
Mr and Mrs Young came from Scotland to
Lodge. Their Ayrshire
cattle came by train to
Dereham station and
were walked up Cemetery Road to
the farm. This report
is from 1950.
Mr and Mrs Young
brought up five daughters
Mr and Mrs Young with their daughter
Hoe Lodge 1960s (?)
Agnes Young became a teacher. On
the back of this aerial view of
the farm she has written:
On the extreme left is the cowshed
Across the yard from the cowshed
the calves' boxes, potato house
and garage .
In the centre is the house . My
bedroom is the right-hand upstairs
Then a few calves' boxes .
Cartshed  on the left of the
road and straight across from
that, the stable  in which
Mummy keeps the chickens.
The rest is just yards and in the
middle, the barn .
Agnes adds for her friend 'If you
look carefully you can see I have
numbered the places on the
photograph - hold it slantwise.'
And, indeed, on the original
photograph are little numbers
pressed into the paper with a
Gerald and Sally Kerry made their home from the
buildings in 1997 and farm the land.
The farmhouse in 2010.
Inside the house in 2010. It retains many
must be for hats.
was eventually sold separate from the farm land
and lived in by Brian and Barbara
Upton. Brian had a studio
for painting and Barbara had a
pottery in an outbuilding.
A stall in
one of the stables.