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Ray Taylor ©

Welgate Road - On the left just as you go into Welgate Road Lebbell King built his retirement home now known as 'Welgate House.' Here he is standing by his gate. Lebbell was born in 1850 at Swanton Morley the son of Charles King (1819) a Farm Labourer born at Ellingham and Maria Lebbell (1814) born at Swanton Morley. Lebbell did his apprenticeship as a carpenter and it was not long before he was working for himself where he acquired a reputation in building all sorts of properties as well as carrying out church renovations. In 1871 he married his first wife Sophia Garth (1847) who was born at Thuxton. He then moved to Mattishall. In 1900 Lebell built the Methodist Church on Dereham Road. After Sophia died in 1907 Lebbell married Katie Selina Horne (1873) at Mattishall in 1909. Katie was the daughter of George Horne (1827) a Tailor and his wife Susanna Harriet Poll. Lebbell also gained a reputation as a Methodist Preacher and spent 65 years preaching on the Methodist Circuit taking over from his mother Maria King. At his death on March 29th 1937 at the age of 87 it is reported that after the service at the Methodist Church the main road had to be closed for his funeral procession as it moved to the cemetery. PC Knightingale took charge to direct the traffic.

 

Courtesy of
The late Elizabeth Kettle
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Welgate Road. The building on the left is the' United Reformed Church' The cottages at the rear was the home of Albert and Hilda Hawkins where they brought up their family. They were demolished to make way for newer bungalows. For more information on the United Reformed Church click HERE

 

Ray Taylor ©

Welgate Road - Marshall Cole (1866) and his wife Florence Jessie Beckett outside 'Ebenezer Cottage' in Welgate about 1920.

 

Courtesy of
The late Mollie Pearce
©

Welgate Road - Outside Lime Tree Farm about 1908 - Frederick William Pearce (1865) his wife Kate Gapp with their daughter Nellie Aileen Pearce born 1899 at Mattishall.

 

Courtesy of
The Castle Museum Norwich
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Bristol Delft blue and white bowl (14 inches across)
c1735
This bowl was sold to the Castle Museum in 1985
The inscription reads
JOSEPH SPRINGALL WHOLESALE POTTER
OFF MATTISHALL
IN THE COUNTY OF NORFOLK.
He was a Quaker and the surveyor of the highways for Welgate, Mattishall

 

Courtesy of
Perry Youngs
©

Dalton Turner was a Farmer come Milkman. Here we see Dalton with his pony and trap from which he would carry out deliveries. In the trap is a young boy who was in fact Brian Youngs who lived on Back Lane. He would also cycle round the village with the milk churns on his handlebars he was said to go round to the door with his can and dipper the price was 2d per pint. Dalton Turner was born Charles William D Turner in 1911. We assume the 'D' stands for Dalton. His parents were William Isaac Turner (1887) and Louisa Drew (1890). Later in life Dalton moved to Sunnyside on Dereham Road where his sister Kathleen lived. Kathleen married Frederick W Hipperson in 1936. Dalton died in 2001 age 90 at East Dereham

 

Courtesy of
The late Elizabeth Kettle
©

Clippings Green - This picture is dated 1891, it is of Clippings Green Farm which probably dates back to the 12th century when a moat surrounded the original dwelling. The existing farmhouse (Grade 11) was originally a timber-framed building and was built in the early/mid 16th century. Further extensions were carried out in the 17th and 18th centuries and the house was restored in 1992. The man in the horse and trap is unknown.

 

Courtesy of
The late Elizabeth Kettle
©

Mill Road - The red brick tower mill in Mill Road, was built for Matthew Yull in 1857/58. It replaced an earlier post mill shown on Faden's Map of 1797 and advertised for sale in 1787. It was again for sale in 1813. From 1815 the post mill was owned by members of the Toffts family, James, John and Mrs. Mary Toffts, till Richard Sendall bought it in 1840. He kept it till 1855, when he sold it to Matthew Yull, a local farmer. In the meantime it had had a succession of tenant millers, Christmas Fulcher, William Neve, Archibald Brasnett, Levi Reynolds and John Sendall. By July 1856 whilst in the occupation of John Sendall it had been demolished for some reason or other. When the new tower mill had been built Matthew Yull worked it in his own name from April 1858. However, he seems to have got into difficulties in 1860, when the property was advertised for sale by his Mortgagees, though the sale was cancelled the following week. The mill was then let to William Murrell, 1860/61 and to John Muskett from 1862 till 1870, when he was made Bankrupt and his stock in trade sold up. M. Farmen was running the mill in 1872, George Farman 1875-1879 and in 1883 William Critoph of Yaxham tower mill was working it. In October 1889 the mill property together with the farm which included land in Westfield and Yaxham was once more put up for sale by the Mortgagees, but appears not to have been sold, as in October 1890 it was again auctioned. The mill was then in hand and no longer being used and was bought by Isaac Fisher, who had the present house built there. The top of the mill was blown off about 1893 and some of the material went to repair the Mill Street tower mill being worked by William Lant Duffield. The mill was finally dismantled about 1900. To preserve and protect what was left of the tower Lebbell King built a roof over it. It has now been converted into a holiday home by the present owners Donald and Margaret Fisher, grandson of Isaac Fisher.

 

Courtesy of
The late Ruth Fisher
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Mill Road - Outside Ivy Dene showing Isaac Fisher (1866) with his young family. Isaac's wife Kate Groom is standing behind the horse and trap. Isaac's daughter Elsie Kate (1892) is sitting with him and baby Stanley Isaac (1895) is in the pram. The nurse is unknown. We can date this picture to about 1896. Elsie would marry Arthur Edward Horne and Stanley would marry Agnes May Horne (Arthur's sister). The next picture, which is much later, show both Elsie's and Stanley's children on a visit to see their grandparents.

 

Courtesy of
The late Kay Horne
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Mill Road - Isaac Fisher commissioned Lebbell King to build a house for his family. It was in fact a modernisation of the one already on the site which stands on the edge of Mill road. The stump of the old mill is at the rear. What we see today is the combination of the older house and the alterations. This would become the Fisher family home as it remains to this day. At the time of this picture these young cousins were visiting their grandparents Isaac Fisher (1866) and Kate Groom (1865). From left to right they are Ivy Elise Horne (1919), Margaret Alice Fisher (1921), Katie Florence Horne (1921), Bertha Rosalind Horne (1923) and young Stephen Arthur Horne (1926). Cousins Horne's are the children of Isaac's children Elise Kate Horne nee Fisher (1892) and Stanley Isaac Fisher (1895).

 

Courtesy of
Jerry Hipperson
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Mill Road - This picture has suffered a little over the passage of time but it shows us a group of men who worked for Wesley Lusher at his small holding on Mill Road. They are standing behind the old cottages (now demolished) just off Mill Road into Daffodil Way. According to the back of the picture the man with a cross above his head is John Drew. We assume the same John/Jack Drew who became a dealer and lived on Dereham Road. Wesley Lusher was a market gardener, he owned all the land west of Mill Road where the houses of Orchard and Moorfield Road, Robert Key Drive and Wesley Close, which was named after him were later built. On his land were several very large greenhouses.

 


Wesley Lusher and his wife Lotte. Wesley and Lottie lived very basically and would go everywhere by bike. As we can see there was nothing fancy about their preferred method of transport either. In fact Wesley's was a basic trade bike. Wesley was also a Methodist Preacher and was well regarded, a post he held for over 40 years, so much so he would be asked to preach at many other village churches on what was called the Mattishall Methodist Circuit. What ever the weather Wesley and Lotte would to bike to every one on a Sunday, sometime taking two services. He was also superintendent of Hockering Methodist Church for many years. His effection for Hockering was probely due to the fact his mothers relations owned the Mill and lived in the village for many years. Wesley was also a Parish Councilor and a manager of the County Primary School.
Wesley was born Wesley William Lusher in 1893 the son of William Lusher (1866) a Farmer and Market Gardener of 6 Mill Road Mattishall and his wife Hetty English. Wesley married Charlotte Fox (1892) in 1923. They had no children.
Wesley died in 1966 at Whitlingham Hospital aged 73 and was buried on January 18th. Lotte died in 1971 at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital aged 79 and was buried with Wesley on March 20th at Mattishall Cemetery, Burgh Lane.

Newspaper cutting: date unknown.
Many is the time that Mr and Mrs Lusher have been seen arriving on a Sunday afternoon in driving rain. But I wonder how many people gave a thought to what prompted them to make the five-mile return journey from their home at Mattishall? It was 34 years ago the Mr Lusher of Mill Road was asked to become the society steward of the Methodist Church of Hockering and to try to re-form the Sunday School, which had been closed for some years. Mr Lusher accepted and straight-away visited all parents in Hockering and asked them to send their children to Sunday school. The result was a resounding success and today many of the children that attend are the children of the first pupils. Mr Lusher, who is superintendent of the Sunday school, has for the past 34 years, and Mrs Lusher for only one year less cycled in all weathers except when they were able to obtain a lift from Mattishall to Hockering to take the Sunday school and again in the evening to attend the service. Each year without fail some of the pupils have gained prizes and certificates in the Scripture Union examinations, and each year, too every child has received gifts of fruit from Mr Lusher's garden. Although Mr Lusher is handicapped by not being able to walk far, he is able to get about on his trusty steed. He and Mrs Lusher, together with the help of Mr Russell Horne, of Mattishall who has been a teacher as the Sunday school for the past ten years, hope to continue their work for the church and school for many years to come.

 

 

Courtesy of
The late Russell Smith
©

Location unknown - Keeping on bikes here we have William Godfrey (1860) and his second wife Sarah Pooley (1862). This unique means of transport comprising of, front a tri-cycle and behind a bike with the front wheel removed and welded to its rear by the front folks. This creation was designed and made by Charles Herbert Smith (1894) at his home 'The Quakers' on Dereham Road. Charles worked for AJ Farrows in their blacksmith and workshop. In 1911 William was an Assistant Grocer living on Norwich Road Mattishall. Neither William or Sarah could not keep their balance on a normal bike how ever much they tried. William and Sarah would raise a lot of interest as they went through the village and other places of their travels. William died in 1939 at the age of 74 and was buried on August 23rd. Sarah died in 1949 age 86 at Gressenhall and was buried on May 7th. Both at Mattishall Cemetery.

 

Courtesy of
Dr Adrian Hodge
©

Mill Road - This building was at the bottom of Mill Road on the corner before the road take a sharp left. It was once owned by Isaac Fisher, owner of the Mill and Ivy Dene. Later his son Russell Fisher lived there for a while before it was sold to Mr Eames. In September of 2005 at cottage was demolished and this picture shows the way these old properties were built with Wattle and daub. Wattle and daub is a composite building material used for making walls, in which a woven lattice of wooden strips called wattle is daubed with a sticky material usually made of some combination of wet soil, clay, sand, animal dung and straw. Wattle and daub has been used for at least 6000 years and is still an important construction material in many parts of the world. Many historic buildings include wattle and daub construction, and the technique is becoming popular again in more developed areas as a low-impact sustainable building technique.

 

Courtesy of
Robert Girling
©

Stone Road - This is Robert and Isabel Girling, the caravan is said to have been their home when they first married. It was sited on the site now occupied by Philip Warmer and his car spares business on Stone Road. Robert and Isabell sold fish, vegetables and fruit from a horse and cart. Robert was born Robert William Girling in 1896 son of James William Girling (1870) who was in 1911 a Farm Labourer of Yaxham Road Mattishall and his wife Anna Vartue Porter (1866). Robert married Isabel Kate Moore in the Jun equarter of 1924 at Mitford - Isabel was born in the June quarter of 1902 at Norwich daughter of Frederick William Moore who was in 1911 a Groom and Gardener at Rectory Farm Cottage, Western Longville and Kate Elizabeth Hilling. Robert and Isabel had three children, Kate M born 1925, Geoffrey R 1929 and Rosemary H Girling born 1932. Baby Geoffrey Robert died in 1930 age just 14 months old and was buried on November 10th at Mattishall Cemetery. Robert died in 1969 at East Dereham age 73 - Isabel died in 1977 at Ashford Kent age 75. There appears to be an article written by Isabel on her school days in the National Archive: - Isabel Girling: memoir of schooldays in Weston Longville (1908-1916) 1977 (MC 2757)

 
Courtesy of
Karen Bash
©

Church Lane Mattishall Burgh
- Again a picture taken before 1930. The man with the horse is unknown.
 

Courtesy of
Donald & Margaret Fisher
©

Burgh Lane - The two cottages are just as you go in on the right although then it was called Cemetery Road which is written on the back of the picture. The doors opened up right onto the gravel road which would indicate this picture was taken before 1930. The brickwork on the gable end wall seems to had quite a bit of weathering with some missing altogether. On the back of the picture it simply has Mrs Wright. Would the lady be Mrs Wright and maybe her son?

 
Over the years there were a few postcards of Mattishall on sale in local shops, the one above is of the cemetery on Burgh Lane. We assume this was used as a foreground to show All Saints. It had been newly acquired land and the first burial took place on July 23rd 1894. All Saints churchyard had become full. Sadly over the next few years the cemetery was neglected and by the year 2001 there were several clusters of bushes and in some cases trees. Many headstones were completely covered.
In the August of 2002 a few villagers got together to form a work party to clear it. This can be seen in the pictures below.
 

The clearing was done over 3-4 weeks in the evenings. The left picture shows the late Russell Smith, the man with his back to us is Urban Hawkins. Jenny Penall and her husband can be seen in the distance. The right picture shows Carol Worman getting stuck in cutting down a large bush with Donald Fisher on the right. Although it was very hard work there was a great community spirt. There were many headstones which hadn't seen the light of day for some time. Margaret Fisher and Marjorie Ward organised the tea breaks, so we were well looked after. Donald Fisher brought his tractor and large farm trailer which we piled high and removed 3-4 large loads. After a few evenings the cemetery was restored to someting more respectable. This then inspired the Parish Council to apply for a grant to lay kerb stones and tarmac the drive which had been shingle and weeds since it first opened. The grant also included installing a memorial garden at the top left corner. Unfortunaly we did not take many pictures so we can't show the other members of the work party which included Mike Wilson, Fred Elson, Roy Skinner, the late John Ward and myself, Ray Taylor. If I have left anyone out please let me know.

 
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