Hoe and Worthing Archive: Interesting Stuff


Bury & Norwich Post    Advertisement from the Bury &
    Norwich Post
, 29 June 1814 the
of a guinea would then have
    been equivalent to about three week's
    wages for a farm labourer.

quoits match

July and August 1900 results of quoits matches between Hoe and the London Tavern, Baxter Row, Dereham. Hoe won both.

tanker fire

A petrol tanker fire in 1929. It appears to be on the main road at Brick Kiln farm.

600 houses report
    An ambitious scheme from November 1944
    which would have seen a suburb of Dereham
    built in the countryside at Hoe.

Evans Lombe

The Diamond Wedding of Mr and Mrs E H Evans-Lombe in 1946. The Evans-Lombes still hold the Manor of Hoe today;
Sir Edward
is the current Lord.

Home Guard

Home Guard

This photo, given by Maurice Eglen, shows (from the left) his father, Albert, with Lennie Butters, Joe Banthorpe, and Sgt. Riches. Maurice thinks there were then ten men in the Hoe Home Guard. Alec Anderson was the despatch rider.

On the reverse: 'Farewell to our rifles! Nov 26 1944
                          Wishing you all a Happy New Year
                          V I Wood

Home Guard

The Home Guard photographed at Hoe Hall. Most men have been identified (back row, from left) Lennie Butters, Edward Butters, Bertie Holiday, C. Anderson, Jack Jarrett, R. Burton, [?]. (Middle row) Cecil Annis, Charlie Holmes. Sgt. Riches, Richard Fisher, [?], Dick Sparkes. (Front row) Fisher, Snowdon. The Home Guard practiced in the maze of trenches still visible on Hoe Common.

football report    Hoe's footballers didn't have much
    luck in 1953.

Bad weather

Revd Armstrong's diary for January 1st 1854 reads 'Drove to take the service at Hoe in a sleigh, the snow being too deep for wheels. Had some difficulty in getting through a drift where the horse was above his knees in snow. There were nineteen communicants, and I can hardly tell how they got through the snow to church.'

In November 1878 he wrote, 'We have had a week of incessant rain, day and night. In Hoe a railway bridge has been carried away.'


Press photos of blizzards in March 1958 and January 1959.

The text reads: 'A week after the blizzard, some minor roads in Mid-Norfolk were still impassable, with over a foot of snow covering them from hedge to hedge. Two of the roads into Hoe, for example, were still blocked on Tuesday even though three days of warm spring sunshine had caused an extensive thaw.'



Dereham national

Without its own school, Hoe's children attended schools in Dereham or Swanton Morley. Dereham's National School stood on the corner of Theatre Street and Cemetary Road.

Revd Armstrong records that, in May 1856, Mr Norton, of Hoe, brought fourteen children of that parish to the National School, engaged a woman to collect them every morning, became a subscriber, and paid for them all for a month. This is the more encouraging when done in the face of the sneers of the farmers who oppose education.

Mr Norton was Samuel Norton, who was the tenant farmer at Manor Farm.

Bird & Tree    Norfolk joined the RSPB's Bird and Tree
    Scheme in 1908. Swanton Morley won the
    award three times in the 1930s, E. C. Keith was
    manager of the school board and was present
    at the events.

Bird & Tree 1932

Doris Holmes (back row, sixth from left) was the daughter of Charles and Gertrude Holmes who lived at 14 Hoe. E. C. Keith stands at the right.

Bird & Tree 1934

Swanton Morley sports team

Swanton Morley School sports team, June 1939 can you name anyone?

Phantom crash

Phantom crash

phantom crash

phantom text

A USAF Phantom jet crashed in Hoe in March 1969. The field in which the plane crashed is still called Bentwaters after the aircraft's home base. Coincidentally, Philip Stroulger was one of the first to reach the scene he biked from Dereham.

ayers lane

These ash and oak trees were planted in Ayers Lane in May 1985 by local volunteers. The young trees were provided by Norfolk County Council as part of a tree planting scheme. The 2014 outbreak of Chalara fraxinea is a threat to the ashes which they may not survive.


Further up Ayers lane, under the ivy, is a World War II type 22 concrete pillbox, probably from 1940. In the nearby field there was a searchlight battery associated with Swanton Morley airfield that it may have been built to defend.
For more details of this and other WWII installations see http://www.heritage.norfolk.gov.uk/record-details?MNF14242


In March 2016 a group of air cadets from Dereham volunteered to uncover the pillbox. On a particularly bleak morning they got to work and very soon had the ivy and brambles cleared off and all the accumulated rubbish removed. A fantastic effort!



letterbox    Hoe's Victorian letterbox was built into
    the wall near the Parish Room. The
    slot was so narrow that only the
    smallest letter could be posted without
    having to be bent. In February 2016 it
    was stolen Adam Flack discovered
    the crime.

adam flack

new letter box

Eventually, in October 2016, a new box was installed, but not by the Hall. Royal Mail decided that the old site was not safe from passing traffic, there being no pavement or verge. No sign of a pavement here either, or anywhere else in the village, but this location just off Hall Road was thought quieter.

new letter box     Functional, rather than attractive!