Hoe and Worthing Archive: Spring Farm  


Spring Farm 1930s

Spring Farm in the 1950s. Cyril Norton was the farmer.

Spring Farm on
                    enclosure map

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.

[Courtesy of Norfolk Record Office C/Sca/2/243]

Fellowes   James 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.


James Fellows had to pay the Rector 1s 6d in tithes in 1848.

[Courtesy of Norfolk Record Office BR 276/1/119]


Threshing 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.

Riches engine

The same engine in about 1895. Theophilus (Dick) Barker, the uncle of Margaret Butterfield, on the left.

Elizabeth Blazy

James Blazy was the tenant farmer at the time of the 1871 census.

Lucy Norton's album,1920s/30s

Lucy 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 Hubbard.


Lucy Norton and her daughter Mabel Butterfield.

CN   Cyril and Lucy Norton with their turkeys.


Mabel feeding the hens and ducks by the barn. Stackyard in the background.

Lucy on horse

Mabel Norton


Reaper binder – a new-fangled contraption?

carting    Harvest. Lucy Norton doing the 'howgee' boy's job.


Feeding the turkeys

pig    Lucy Norton had a pet pig.


Tea in the back yard.

Mabel's wedding

The wedding of Mabel Butterfield, 1938. Cyril and Lucy Norton are at the back, right.


Spring Farm 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.

Leila   The Stroulger family moving into the Barn, 1984.
   Harry Malt helping Leila unload essential items.

phillip, bees   Philip Stroulger checking his bees, 1991.