East Barsham photos
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East Barsham maps
Historic maps of East Barsham and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey and Samuel Lewis. View all East Barsham maps
East Barsham area books
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Memories of East Barsham
My Early Years in Barsham
I actually lived in West Barsham and attended the primary School in East Barsham from September 1930 to July 1937. The walk to the village school took me past the Manor House, which always looked dark and forbidding, shrouded as it was in the massive beech tres that grew behind the wall, bordering the main road. No one that I knew had ever been inside the wall, and I had no idea what the grounds were like. That all changed in 1937 when it apparently changed hands and it became a bustle of activity, as the new owners, reputed to be members of the Austrian Habsburg family, took up residence and began a massive project which restored the Manor to its present form. My father, a landscape gardener who had previously worked at West Barsham Manor, was offerred the job of supervising the restoration of the grounds and gardens. All went well until early 1939 when rumours began to circulate that all was not well. Not long after, the new owners dissapeared... Read more
East Barsham Manor - 1929 Photograh
The 1929 photograph was taken when my stepfather's father, Douglas J Coleman owned it. His father, Edward J. Coleman, bought it in 1915, the year my stepfather was born. This is where he (Peter Hales-Coleman) and his brother grew up. The family moved from there in the early 1930s. Back then, there were more than a 1000 acres of land with it. In 1959, I had the opportunity to visit the manor and met Peter's nanny who was still employed there. Because the then owners were not in residence at the time, the nanny could only show me the entrance hall. About 15 years ago, my stepfather had the opportunity to stay there for a night as the guests of Lady Guiness, who owned it at that time. It was one of the highlights of his life. He died when he was in his 80s.
East Barsham Manor
I moved to East Barsham when I was 5 years old in 1988. I grew up in the village and got the opportunity to spend time with the children that lived in the manor at the time. I have many memories of running around the manor playing games and getting to swim in the outside pool. I moved away from East Barsham wen I was 12. My time there and my memories are very happy!
East Barsham Manor
The manor house was occupied by the army during the Second World War and not released until about 1946. My friends and I often cycled from Walsingham and we found the manor deserted. The entrance hall is well remembered with a large minstrels' gallery at the east end. The most exciting room was, probably still is, the most western first floor room which has a hidden spiral stairway within a turret leading to the floor below. Years later I purchased a 19th-century print of the manor to remind me of this memory.
I was evacuated to Walsingham and stayed with Mr & Mrs Nelson in Mount Pleasant. I attended the local school and then moved on to the school in Wells. Our neighbours were the son and his wife and a son called Charlie. The son worked on a farm and had an allotment. He had a pony and trap and kept a large pig which I remember taking to Market. Mr Nelson, known locally as Hobo, died while I was there, I remember him being taken on a cart to be be burried. I went to local church Sunday School. There was one Salvation Army family living in the village called Bobbins, they went to the Army in Fakenham. I think I was in Walsingham for about a year. I tried to find Mount Pleasant on a trip last year, next time I will consult the map before I go. I suppose my memories are mixed. My sister stayed with a family in Little Walsingham the year maybe approx. One day... Read more
Up to Date
The up to date story is that I joined the Salvation Army in London and my mother met one of the Bobbins family at the trade HQ. I am retired now and live in Shirley, Croydon and attend the Lewisham Salvation Army. I knew Leslie Condon who came from Fakenham nearby to Walsingham. When I visited Walsingham this year I saw how peaceful it was but despite driving around for a while I could not find anything I remember except the stream which we drove through, I remembered that very well. I would be interested in hearing from the people who were around in the War.
My name is Ann Jones. I live in the USA I was formerly Ann Groom, my dad Sydney Groom and mother Mildred kept The Snoring Bell. I remember the Whiteheads down the street on the farm, and going to Little Snoring School - my teachers were Donny Garrett, Mrs Catchpole and Mrs Leach. I had lots of friends and some of my best memories ever. When I go back home now everything is so different - those were the good old days!