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Below is an aerial view of the village taken in 1946. It has been divided into two pictures so we can get the whole village in. What is very noticeable is the lack of development and how Mattishall was actually a group of hamlets. The road leading down in the centre is the main road through the village coming from what is now the A47. As we look down on the picture the first road leading off on the left is Burgh Lane. The white large roof at the junction is All Saints church and the road leading of to the right is Mill Street and South Green. Going down Burgh Lane at the crossroads is what was Cross Keys public house. The road dropping down from that crossroad is Back Lane. Moving up South Green at the crossroads there the road coming down the picture is Thynnes Lane. Just under All Saints we can see the First School and Norfolk House.
Where the two pictures join is where Back Lane joins Dereham Road......

Courtesy of
The late Elizabeth Kettle
©

Starting where the two pictures join we come to Welgate Corner with Welgate Road leading off to the right. The road on the left is Mill Road which was in the main market gardens.

Now compare it with the one taken in 1973 - Below

 
I wonder how it would compare if we took one today?

Courtesy of
Geraldine Sacker nee Cole
©

Corner of Norwich Road and Burgh Lane - the corner house was then the village Post Office run by Frederick George Cole and his wife Edith Marion Hewitt. The lady in the picture, thought to be Sarah surname unknown is holding their first child.

 

Courtesy of
Geraldine Sacker nee Cole
©

Notice that the postbox has recently been painted.

 

Courtesy of
The late Ruth Fisher
©

Further down the road going out of the village was Stanley Fisher's butchers shop which used to be The George & Dragon public house. In this picture we have Stanley's daughter Margaret standing at the doorway. Stanley was born at Ivy Dene in Mill Road Mattishall in 1895 the son of Isaac Fisher and Kate Groom. Margaret his elder daughter was born in 1921 and went on to marry Peter Leslie Fitch in 1945.

 

Courtesy of
The late Ruth Fisher
©

This picture shows Stanley Fisher leaning against the window next to him is his wife Agnes May Horne. Stanley and Agnes married in 1920 and Agnes shared her wedding day with her sister Ellen who married Herbert Leveridge. Stanley and Agnes had four children, Margaret born 1921, Ruth 1923, Isaac 1925 and Donald 1935. For the early part of their married life the family lived at Moat Farm on Dereham Road. The shop closed after Agnes died in 1950 . Stanley moved to Catfield where he remarried to Eileen Lilian Starkings in 1957. The other people in the picture are unknown - Can you name them?

 

Courtesy of
The late Russell Smith
©

A shot taken from one of our pictures to give a better view of the old malting's that used to be on the crossroads. It was demolished in the early 1920's. The Norwich Road end is now a piece of wasteland and what is now Richard Reynold's hairdressers shop and the Fish & Chip shop was built on the rest. The people in the background are outside Fisher's Butchers shop.

 
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