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Iris Coe ©
Unfortunately this is a bad copy
but it is the only one we have showing the run of cottages from
Mill Road down to the Ringers Public House
Ray Taylor ©
This picture shows the refurbished
house of Jack Drew a well known Mattishall dealer who can be seen
in the next picture down.
Before Jack lived there it was owned by John Hoy a clock and watchmaker.
Hoy clocks (BELOW) have been found in many parts of England as well
as America, some still today keeping the time of day.
Dated at about 1839
This clock has been brought back to Mattishall, restored and today
is keeping very good time.
A Dunham John Hoy
A Dunham John Hoy
It is not known how many 'Tall Case Clocks' as
well as 'Pocket Watches' were actually made by the Hoy family but
over the last few years since the Mattishall-Village website has
been on the internet we have had quite a few people contact us that
have one. One such pocket watch (above) is held by the National
Trust in their archive collection. It was given to the National
Trust with Snowshill Manor in 1951 by Charles Paget Wade. It is
described as 'Watch part; Dial and movement from a pocket watch
made by D.J.Hoy. Mattishall. Roman numerals on face'.
John Hoy moved to Mattishall about 1810 - more can
be found on the Hoy family by clicking HERE.
John Holmes ©
This is a picture of John Drew, known
as Jack although he was actually born Albert John Drew in the September
quarter of 1879. He is seen here with his 34 year old horse 'Tim'
which he bred himself from his own mare. For many years, every Tuesday
Jack Drew would attend the sales at The Kings Arms in Dereham where
this picture was taken. He was also a regular at the sales at Watton.
His horse Tim had a brother 'Bill ' which Jack also bred from the
same mare. He would alternate the horses each time he went out.
Jack himself at the time of this picture was 74 and still putting
in a full days work. It is said that all sorts of statues would
peep from the windows of his home and it was said that it was difficult
to walk around the lower part of it for his stock in trade. His
purchases overflowed into several outbuildings. In his back yard
was sited a double-decker-bus which he had purchased to use as a
store. Jack was using the upper deck as an apple store with furniture
below. Over the door of his house is a notice which amused Jack.
It reads "Repos-des-celibataires" It implies more simply,
"bachelors rest." Living at home with him were his two
brothers William (1872) and Jeremiah (1885) both bachelors and both
had been deaf and dumb since birth. Jack was born next door to his
present home, where his father (William 1846) was a sheep dipper.
In his early days Jack worked for his father but then found people
asking him to get articles for them at the markets he visited so
very soon became a dealer. Except for two years on a farm in Torquay,
Devon during the 1914-18 War he never lived outside Mattishall.
With the information supplied it dates this picture to about 1953.
Jack died in Whitlingham Hospital at Trowse in 1974 and was buried
on October 24th at Mattishall Cemetery - he was 94.
The best way of describing Jack Drew's
place was Steptoe's Yard. Jack and his brothers would often wash
in cold water using the outside butt. They seemed to be particularly
partial to bread and milk which they ate off a newspaper table cloth.
As kids it was particularly exciting to play in the old double decker
bus, but I only managed to enter the house a couple of times which
was a revelation! - John Norton.
Jack Drew was very kind to me, allowing
me to rummage for books in his treasure sheds - -how I wish I had
spent more time on it! I have several books still, including two
volumes of Dr Bell's surgery from the Eighteenth century. I searched
in Jack's sheds for months trying to find the other ten volumes
but no luck. They fascinated me. My brother and I were privileged
to be allowed into Jack's house in the early fifties to watch television,
in silence and in darkness. The rooms were in deed stacked from
floor to ceiling with chairs, mostly balloon backed Victorian -
Karen Bash ©
Looking East into the village we
have a better shot. The Ringers is on the left and we can see the
car is starting to make its way into our lives.
Jerry Hipperson ©
A closer view of the cottages. Jack Drew was born
in the first house where his parents remained until their death
(see more below). Jack took the house next door which is the second
one in followed by Norton's Bakery owned by Billy Norton pictured
Jerry Hipperson ©
Jack Drew's mother, Sarah Drew nee Bowles. Sarah
was born in Mattishall in the June quarter of 1852 the daughter
of John Bowles (1812) a Shoemaker of Yaxham Road Mattishall and
his wife Mary Head. Sarah had a son William Bowles born 1871 before
she married. Sarah married William Drew (1846) in 1875. William
and Sarah had six children, Gertrude born 1876, Albert John 1879,
Winifred Augusta 1882, Jeremiah 1884, Dorothy 1888 and Louisa 1890.
Sarah's first son William then Jeremiah and Dorothy were handicapped
having been deaf and dumb from birth. In 1891 they were living at
13 Dereham Road the first house in the picture above where William
was recorded as a Sheep Dresser (Notem). Sarah died in 1917 age
65 and was buried on October 19th. William died in 1922 age 76 and
was buried on June 19th. Both at Mattishall Cemetery.
Young Dorothy (1888) was sadly killed by a
horse whilst playing outside her home, she was buried on Mar 26th
1895 in Mattishall Cemetery, more below...
1895: Jun 14 - Diss Express:
Henry Thurlow, alias Monk, 47, a showman, was charged with the
manslaughter of Dorothy Drew, a child of seven years of ago. The
evidence showed that on March 22nd, the child, who was deaf and
dumb, was walking towards Mattishall. The prisoner was galloping
about on his horse without saddle or bridle, or halter, and when
he reached the child the horse knocked her down, breaking three
ribs, and doing other injury to her The father of the child picked
her up, and took her to the doctor, but she died on the way there.
- The Judge said it was not necessary to prove wilfulness; it
was quite sufficient to show that the prisoner had been guilty
of gross and culpable negligence. - The jury found the prisoner
guilty and asked the Judge to make some allowance for the fact
that the child was deaf and dumb. - A police-constable said the
prisoner travelled with cokernuts and swing boats. and was a teetotaller
- The Judge sentenced prisoner to four months' imprisonment with
hard labour, dating from the day of his arrest.
John Norton ©
Billy Norton's Bakery - Billy was
born William George Norton in the September quarter of 1911 the
son of William Brown Norton (1871) a Baker and Confectioner and
his wife Evelyn Hewitt. Billy married Joan Grace Reeve in 1942 at
Dereham when Billy was home on leave from the RAF. Billy and Joan
had three children and they lived at the Laurels where they also
ran their business, a bakery, bread shop as well as selling meal.
The business closed and shortly after Billy had passed away in 2003
at the age of 92 Joan sold. The house has now been converted into
a private home.
Joan's father was Bertie Reeve, a
poultry farmer from Clint Green, who was a very well known local
character. In his latter years, when he was in his 70s and supposed
to be retired, he lived with my parents at The Laurels. Like any
dealer he couldn't give up and used to go round in his pick-up wheeling
and dealing in poultry and goats. He often travelled miles without
getting out of second gear or, if it had been raining, would drive
the couple of hundred yards or so with two wheels on the kerb to
get the accumulated water off the canvas tilt. You often knew he
was in residence when my mother made him hang his trousers out of
his bedroom window after he had been handling goats! - Billy ceased
baking in the mid 1950s when there was competition from Sunshine
Bread which was the new sliced processed bread phenomenon which
became all the rage. My father used to say that it was never the
real thing! Billy continued to sell pig and poultry foods for a
further decade or so when lots of people kept a few hens, pigs or
livestock on their premises. People could buy from the shop which
was housed in the old bakery or Billy would go on his rounds to
Mattishall and surrounding villages delivering to the door. He used
a variety of ageing vans to do this including a three wheeler which
would be loaded to the gunnels. It was not uncommon for him to set
off with the back of the van almost touching the ground counterbalanced
by half hundredweight bags of layers or growers meal balanced on
the front wheel arches! On snowy winters days us kids would be towed
on our sledges by whatever van he had - The old bakery part of the
house has now been converted into a kitchen by the new owners who
have done a fantastic job of conserving the character of the property.
- John Norton
Jenny Pennel ©
These are photocopies of the original
but it shows Billy Norton out on his pony and trap delivering
bread to his customers, the second with basket in arms. Billy
Norton is related to the Norton's on Church Plain.
Jenny Pennel ©
This picture show this part of the road quite well.
It was taken in 1956, The Ringers was still a pub and in the centre
we can see Norton's Bakery with the sign over what was their shop.
Jack Drew's house is to its left. Right at the top of the garden
in front of the last building you can see the shell of the old double-decker
bus which Jack used as storage. The bottom of the picture was still
a market garden and warehouse although soon to be replaced with
Peter & Jean Beckham ©
The Ringer Pub, we can see the picture
was taken during the Second World War, leaning out of the window
is Landlord Albert Beckham. Albert was born in 1897 at Melton Constable.
He married Jane Holbrook in 1924. They had one son called Peter.
Albert was Landlord of the Ringers from June 1st 1933 till March
1966. Before that he had been Landlord of the Crown on Norwich Road
East Dereham. The Ringers closed in the early part of 1968. Albert
died in 1969 at East Dereham. His son Peter and his wife Jean still
live at the property which is now a private house.
I think the actual name of the Ringers
Pub was "The Eight Ringers". My main memory as a kid was
the excitement going round to the Ringers on a Saturday evening
to get our copy of the Pink'un, which was delivered there, and read
about Norwich City and memorise all the other national and local
football results which my father would test me on later. It was
especially good when there was a short report on the Dereham and
District League Mattishall match which had been played on Turner's
Meadow. In those days Mattishall played in maroon shirts with yellow
trim and many of the players would prepare themselves for the second
half by having a fag, having tried to remove the cow pats before
the match started. - John Norton
Peter & Jean Beckham ©
Start of ‘The Tillett’
Cup Trial, The Viking Motorcycle Club - If you follow the downpipe
on the left side of the building down you will see the young Peter
Beckham in his school hat. The picture was taken on March 17th 1935.
Steve Moody ©
This picture is an aerial
photo of 'Moorfield' and the 'Police House', taken in June 1965
it shows 2 figures, a man standing by a bonfire, presumably Geoffrey
(Councilor) Grimes and a woman standing by the compost heap, who
it would be safe to assume is Annie Grimes. It's interesting to
see that the police officer was expected to be almost self sufficient,
with virtually the whole of his garden being turned to vegetable
garden, orchard and at the back an enclosure for chickens.
The plot on which the bungalow (Moorfield) stands is on the right
of the police house it was sold to Mr Cornell a surveyor by Mr Gerald
and Ronald Farrow on May 5th 1948 for the sum of £32-12-6p.
Mr Cornell sold the plot to David Charles Potter a builder of East
Dereham on November 15th 1949 for the sum of £85 (nice profit!).
David Potter sold the land on April 18th 1953 to Mr Geoffrey Henry
Grimes for the sum of £90. Mr Grimes had the bungalow built
in 1954 but died in 1967. Mrs Annie Grimes died in 1976 and her
executors sold the bungalow to Mr & Mrs Greenman on 28/7/82
for the sum of £12,500. In 2001 Steve Moody bought the old
police house from Mr Greenman's executors.
It is said Moorfield Road was named after Moorfield bungalow. The
original plan was to develop Moorfield Road to run parallel with
Dereham Road using the long back gardens of the homes from Orchard
Road and re-join Dereham Road at Mr Grime’s bungalow.
Nevell Frewer ©
This is an aerial
view of AJ Farrows home and yard. Arthur John Farrow was one of
Mattishall's largest employers. He lived at May House which can
be seen at the front of the property. It was named after his wife
Flora May Critoph (1875) whom he married in 1899. May was the daughter
of William & Mary Critoph, Miller of the Mill Yaxham, Norfolk.
Flora preferred her middle name and was always known as 'May'.
A trademark of A J Farrow's was the
green Trojan tractors they used to use. We used to call them "pop
pops" because of the loud popping noise they made. As a 5 year
old they used to scare the life out of me. But I ran away even faster
when Billy Shingles made his weekly visit with the honey cart to
collect the night soil. It was not until the mid 50s that we stopped
using the tin bath in front of the bake house oven and had a bathroom
and posh flush toilet! - John Norton.
Once again, I'm in the stackyard as
Farrows steam engine with its train of thresher and elevator rumbles
in on a freezing November morning to start the threshing for my
Grandfather. I can remember the smoke, the smell, the slap-slap-slap
of the great driving belts, the shouts of the men, the dust and
my father giving me a stick to strike at the rats when they ran
from the bottom - Brian Lusher.
The late Russell Smith ©
This was taken right outside of May
House and just before the corner of Old Hall Road - More can be
found on the Farrows by clicking HERE
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