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28th May 2020

Court Green is the area where Hempstead Street joins the Holt Road.
In the 1700s, the Green belonged to Red House Farm.
All O.S. maps list the area as Hempstead Green.

Hempstead windmill was a postmill that was working into the 1800s. It stood just to the southwest of Court Green.
The full history of Hempstead windmill is on the Norfolkmills website.

Tithe map 1841: William Dawson is shown as occupying Court House and Gardens, built to the east of the Green.
Court Green was a central postion for the Gurney Estate, close to both Red_House_Farm and Green_Farm and thus the estate carpenter's shop was relocated to the Green. Janet Jones recalled there was also a shop of sorts in the house, where she used to go with her mother to buy sweets.The building later became fully residential and renamed to Crabapple Cottage. The Gurneys also built an additional pair of cottages next door to the Carpenter's shop and these later became a bungalow imaginatively named The Bungalow.

Kelly's 1896: Fowle, John - vermin destroyer, Court green
Kelly's 1900: Fowle, John - vermin destroyer, Court green
Kelly's 1904: Burrell, Joseph - mole catcher, Court gn
Kelly's 1933: Dann, Bertie Rt. - carpntr. Court grn
Kelly's 1937: Dann, Bertie Edwin - travelling grocer, Court grn
Kelly's 1937: Dann, Bertie Rt. - carpntr. Court grn
Diana Spalton remembers the North Norfolk Coastal curfew imposed after Dunkirk. Everyone had to be in their houses by 9.30. It was then that the shed was built on Court Green to house the ARP. She also remembers the house shaking when a sea-mine(s) was dropped three fields away on the Mack's farm (Hempstead Hall).
In 1966, Basil Cozens-Hardy wrote that the name Court Green would signify the place where in medieval or earlier times meetings for some form of local government were held - . . . it may of course be the place where the Hempstead Manor Court was held, but the venue would normally be the hall.
Hempstead, as a village, celebrated Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee in 1977. A new village sign was erected and a tree was planted by Mollie Mack of Hempstead Hall. One anecdote mentions that the tree came from a garden centre and as no one present had any previous experience of such purchases, the tree was planted still in its container and subsequently died. An alternative explanation given was that the tree simply died of natural causes. For whatever reason the tree was later replaced by the one we see today.

1977 1977
New Silver Jubilee village sign prior to unveiling - 1977
Unveiling Hempstead
Silver Jubilee village sign in 1977
Left to right - Stephen Mack; William Mack;
Gladys Mack (check outfit);
Rachel Clarke (white socks and hood);
Rev. Francis Allen

1977 1977
Unveiling Hempstead's Silver Jubilee village sign in 1977
From left - ?; ?; Mollie Mack; ?; Henry Mack (with glasses); Laura Bacon; ?; ?;
Stephen Mack (red coat); William Mack; ?; ?; ?; Gladys Mack (check outfit); ?; ?;
- Spalton; Rev. Francis Allen; Rachel Clarke (white socks and hood)
Mollie Mack planting the Silver Jubilee tree
on Court Green in 1977
Back left to right - John Clarke; David Durst; Mike Culverwell; Pat Mack

1977 1977
Hempstead Silver Jubilee trailer at Hempstead Hall Farm - 1977
Henry Mack with his Silver Jubilee pickup at Hempstead Hall farm - 1977

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Looking towards Holt - 28th May 2020

Looking towards Hempstead - 28th May 2020

O. S. Map 1885
O. S. Map 1885
Court Green is marked as Hempstead Green on O.S. maps
Courtesy of NLS map images

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