Hoe and Worthing Archive: Spring Farm  


Spring Farm 1930s

Spring Farm in the 1950s.

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.


He 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 Swanton Morley, contractor. The engine driver is Dan Barnard.

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 and later, 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 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 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.

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

phillip, bees   Philip Stroulger checking his bees, 1991.