Spring Farm in the 1950s. Cyril Norton
was the farmer.
On the 1811 Enclosure map, Spring Farm
is just below No. 42, marked Hickleton. Abraham
Hickleton owned it, but not the adjacent land, No.
43, probably still part of the wider common and
awarded to Sir John Lombe of Bylaugh in the
Enclosure. If Hickleton had been using that ground
for his sustenance, he would have had to have rented
it from then on. He died, aged ninety, in 1822 in
the 'House of Industry' – Gressenhall Workhouse. By
the 1840s, the farm belonged to Lombe.
of Norfolk Record Office C/Sca/2/243]
Fellows rented the farm from the Bylaugh estate
in the 1840s. In 1917 when the
whole estate was sold,
Cyril Norton, then the tenant,
bought Spring Farm with
eleven acres for £210.
had to pay the Rector 1s 6d in tithes in 1848.
[Courtesy of Norfolk Record Office
at Spring Farm. The engine is a Fowler, owned by
W. H. Riches of Field House, Swanton Morley,
contractor. The engine driver is Dan Barnard.
Samuel Norton leased the farm in 1900, by 1911 it
appears in his son Cyril's name.
same engine in about 1895. Theophilus (Dick)
Barker, the uncle of Margaret Butterfield, on the
James Blazy was the tenant farmer at the time of the
and Lucy Norton with their turkeys. Lucy Norton's album,1920s/30s
Norton (née Barker) married Fred Butterfield (see
8 & 9 Hoe page) and
when widowed, married Cyril Norton of Spring Farm.
Her daughter Mabel Butterﬁeld passed the
photograph album on to her own daughter, Mary
Lucy Norton and her daughter Mabel Butterfield.
feeding the hens and ducks by the barn. Stackyard in
Reaper binder – a new-fangled contraption?
Lucy Norton doing the 'howgee'
had a pet pig.
Tea in the
of Mabel Butterﬁeld, 1938. Cyril and Lucy Norton are
at the back, right.
was built about 1800, probably on common land. The
Helwys estate map dated 1775 (on the Village page) shows common
land extending as far south as the east-west road
through the village, now Hall Road, including the
area where Spring Farm stands.
Originally, it was likely to have been one-up,
one-down with a lean-to on the back. The front door
was where the left-hand ground floor window is now,
and opened straight into the main downstairs room,
which had a range in the fireplace. Later extensions
included the laundry (behind the 1960s
conservatory), its chimney is visible in the 1950s
photo beginning this page, and a dairy on the north
side. A first floor extension required alterations
to the roof which are still visible inside.
It may have acquired its dramatic
chimneys in the 1870s when it belonged to the
Bylaugh estate. The Norfolk architect Thomas Jeckyll
was employed to remodel farms on the estate.
The chimneys and window frames are
typical of the designs Jeckyll specified for the
larger farmhouses like Manor Farm, Hoe and Field
House, Swanton Morley.
Estate agent's photograph, 1977. Sue and Dick Malt
bought the house from Margaret (Peggy) Butterﬁeld.
Spring Farm Barn
Spring Farm barn before conversion, 1977. The
corrugated iron fence enclosed a cattle yard and
sheds. Opposite was a four-bay cart shed. The barn
isn't marked on the map; it was perhaps built when
Spring Farm was acquired by the Bylaugh estate,
probably in the 1840s.
Stroulger family moving into the Barn, 1984.
Harry Malt helping Leila unload
Stroulger checking his bees, 1991.