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Marlpit Lane
7th November 2021
Marlpit Lane - 7th November 2021

Marlpit Lane runs northwest from School Lane that leads to Baconsthorpe, before turning further west to join Pond Hills Road at the crossroads with The Street and Clamp Lane at the southern end of the village.

Back Lane, which is now no more than a farm track, runs north to connect Marlpit Lane with Chapel Lane.

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Marlpit Lane's eastern junction with School Lane - 6th November 2021
Marlpit Lane at its western junction with Pond Hills Road - 6th November 2021

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Clamp Lane was a continuation of Marlpit Lane until it was destroyed when its hedges crossing the field visible in the distance were removed by David Johnson in the 1960s
- 6th November 2021

It seems likely that the three Church Farm cottages each then occupied by two families are the same three double cottages of which two passed to the Youngs family with Pit Farm in 1936 to be sold off with the farm in 1970 (that is “Marlpits'' and “Tinkers Cottage”) and one (“Pond Hills Cottages”) which remained with Church_Farm which was sold in the eighties by the Carvers. Alternatively they may have been the predecessors of the three surviving “pairs'' (now each one house), with Lady Suffield rebuilding on the same sites over a period of time. This theory is borne out by the 1841 Tithe Map which shows Lady Suffield as owner and the (now) two pairs in Marlpit Lane occupied by William Allen and others. On the map only one half of Marlpit Cottage later owned by Mr & Mrs Durst is shown as then existing, possibly indicating that the rebuilding process was still incomplete.
Hempstead, A Norfolk Village - Robin Carver, 2000


Adrian Sewell, his father, David Durst at Marlpits - 1979 The Marlpits - 6th November 2021
left to right - Adrian Sewell, his father and David Durst from Marlpits cottages - 1979
Marlpits - 6th November 2021

Potato Harvest c.1972 c.1975
Potato Harvest on the field behind Marlpits - c.1972
The Ford 3000 tractor was owned by A.V. Youngs Farms Ltd of Baconsthorpe
and the pickers were almost certainly The Grand Gang from Edgefield
Barley harvest on the field behind Pine Farm - c.1975
Ford 3000 tractor, Richard Youngs standing, Ransomes combine

Back Lane north junction 8Nov2021 Back Lane south junction looking north towards Chapel - 6th November 2021
Back Lane north junction looking south towards Marlpit Lane - 8th November 2021
Back Lane south junction looking north towards Chapel Lane - 6th November 2021

Back Lane - 25th December 2020 Back Lane - 9th November 2021
Back Lane - 25th December 2020
Back Lane - 9th November 2021

Back Lane looking south towards Marlpit Lane - 1979 Back Lane south junction looking north towards Chapel Lane - 1979
Back Lane looking south towards Marlpit Lane - 1979
Back Lane south junction looking north towards Chapel Lane - 1979

Marlpit Lane looking west with Pine Farm down to the left - 1979 Marlpit Lane looking east with the New Bullock Barn in the distance - 1979
Marlpit Lane looking west with Pine Farm down to the left - 1979
Marlpit Lane looking east with the New Bullock Barn in the distance - 1979

The New Bullock Barn was built in the 1930s but was falling into disrepair by 1979 and after the Carver family took over Hole Farm in 1982, the barn was dismantled to prevent further theft of roof tiles and bricks etc.


Faden's map 1797
More properties are shown at the western end of Marlpit Lane than are shown on the 1885, 1950
and present day maps

O. S. Map 1950
O. S. Map 1950
Marlpit Lane runs between the two red dots - a large marl pit can be seen in the Y of the junction with Back Lane, with a smaller pit just to its northwest
behind what is now Tinkers Cottage, a third pit to the west of Marlpit Lane in the field and fourth and large pit down the track from Pond Hills Road to the west

Courtesy of NLS map images

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