The abandoned farm

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Ollie had to go to the Vet again today. Yet more treatment for the ongoing ear infections that just won’t seem to go away. As usual, he was very well-behaved, so I thought I would give him a longer walk, and go somewhere different. All the photos are large files, and can be clicked on for detail.

Crossing into Mill Lane, and taking the path through the fruit farm fields, we headed out in the direction of Gingerbread Corner, in warm afternoon sun. The fields have all been harvested, and only the plums await ripening and picking. We circled the edge of the wheat fields, all just stubble now, and used the small gap in the hedgerow to access the main road. Taking the shady path behind Gingerbread Cottages, we soon came to the old abandoned farm.
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The story is that the farm belonged to two elderly brothers. When they were approached by some builders wanting to erect new homes on their land, they did a deal. This involved them getting the first two bungalows included in the price. They moved in next door to each other, and abandoned the farm to nature. As far as I know they still own it, and the land that is left around it. When I first moved here, you could see all of the old farmhouse, and even look through the windows. It didn’t take long for nature to reclaim the building though.
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The outbuildings are in a sorry state. This part of the old barn is barely hanging on to its door.
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Inside the door, you can see that the upper floor has totally collapsed, and the wooden stairs no longer lead to anything.
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This old farm building is faced in Norfolk flint pebbles, something you will see used a lot around the north coast. The roof has mostly gone, and there are just shrubs and weeds inside.
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48 thoughts on “The abandoned farm

  1. I now have the pleasure of owning 1 Gingerbread Cottages and love it. Have just got back from walking all around old farm and cottages with original owner who has shared some fascinating stories . A truly magical place to live. Hopefully the strict covenant on this land will stop overdevelopment and the farm and cottages will be sympathetically restored.

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    1. It is so nice of you to comment, and let me know, Nicola. This has proved to be a popular post, and many people love the photos of the old farm
      I hope that you enjoy living on the famous ‘Gingerbread Corner’, and also hope that I bump into you one day, when walking my dog Ollie.
      There is a photo on my ‘About’ page, so you will know it is me!
      Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. It’s not far, Lauren. Just up the lane that runs alongside the back of the cottages. There’s a car park too, if you’re driving. If you follow the signs, you can also walk across the fields as far as Swanton Morley.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. hi Pete! do you have anymore history on the place? do you know how long it’s been empty for? would love to know some more about it! thanks

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    1. The houses were built in the late 1990s, so the farm has been like this for at least 16 years. I am not sure how long before that it was beginning to become run down. Most of the people old enough to know are no longer around, unfortunately.
      Regards, Pete.

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    1. Thanks, David. I am guessing that the farm is turn of the century, 1900+. The brothers were quite elderly when they sold off the land, so if they inherited it down the line, it would be that old.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  3. Pete, I just loved this post about the old farm and your amazing pictures along with the story. If these old boards could speak I bet a lazy afternoon sitting there would prove to be very fascinating.

    Take care, Laura

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  4. Such a shame, much as I love decay, it feels wrong for a building like this to not be lived in. Especially with our shortage of houses. It needs someone to love it again.

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    1. When two bachelors reach a certain age and have nobody to leave them to, I suppose that is the only outcome. Sad though it is, there is a certain splendour in their decay, and the sight of nature reclaiming the land.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. I think that the developers are unable to get planning permission to use more of the land at the moment, Ros. If they could, I have no doubt that they would purchase the rest of the land, and demolish the old buildings in these photos.Some of the fields are being used by other farmers, and have cows on them. Given the power of big business, I am sure that one day the new estate will extend across what was the farm, However, the public footpath running through it would have to be unaffected, at least by current regulations.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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      1. I think you’re probably right regarding big business. Sad, though. It would be nice to think that someone would come along and restore the house to something at least vaguely resembling the original, but they’ll probably put something modern and utilitarian on it, with paving all round instead of trees and gardens 😦

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    1. You can see the history in those buildings indeed, Eddy. The flint pebbles are very common in the coastal villages. I like the look of them myself.
      Cheers mate, all the best to the three of you. Pete.

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