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Delph Farm  


Built circa 1820 - 1830 of whole pebble flints with red brick dressings. Gable thatched roof. The main front is to the south, which shows the house to be of two storeys in three bays. There is a late 19th century outshut against the east gable wall, and a late 19th century two-storey extension to the west. The original house has a central plank door under a segmental arch and behind a 20th century trellis porch. There is a 3/3 sash window right and left and two to the first floor. The ground-floor ones have segmental arches and that to the left (west) has horns. The roof has internal gable-end stacks east and west.

The west return has the two-storey extension. the ground floor of this is of whole pebble flints and came first, then a brick (red brick, Flemish bond) second floor has been added in the early 20th century. One 3/3 unhorned sash to the ground floor under a segmental head. The roof is gabled and clad in corrugated tiles except for the lowest course, which is of concrete corrugated tiles. External stack to the west gable. The north side of the extension has a staircase turret added when the upper floor was put on. There is a plank door next to it, under a segmental arch, and a 3/3 unhorned sash to the first floor.The roof tiles on this side are all of concrete. there is a lean-to between the stairs and the main house wall. There is one late 19th century two-light casement to the first floor of this main wall

The east return has a lean-to outshut connecting the house with the boundary wall running along the road-line. this has been added in the late 19th century. The south aspect has a late 19th century two-light casement under a segmental head, and a blocked window to its right (east). the east gable of the main house has a two-light late 20th century first-floor casement.

The north aspect of the house has a full-length contemporary outshut. A plank door leads into the kitchen, flanked by a late 19th century casement to its right and a late 20th century casement lights the dairy. All these openings are under segmental arches. on the west parapet is the stack serving a former kitchen range.

The inside of the house has plank doors on strap hinges, dating from around 1840. The dining room has dado plank panelling inserted by the BBC in 1984 while using the house as a film location (what film???): it is apparently made of fibreglass. The sitting room has a picturesque plate rack, also of BBC origin in 1984. the dairy retains its benches: eight to the north and south walls.

Other Buildings

Pair of barns of different dates, converted to use as a picture gallery and tea rooms in about 1988, and then converted to a restaurant in about 2002. To the north is a three-stead barn of the early 20th century. it is of whole coursed pebble flints with red brick dressings. gabled roof clad in pantiles. It has to the rear a full-length outshut with various plank doors. The east face had a wide central cart doorway, now converted to a glazed element. Abutting to the south, with its own set of brick quoins, is the original mid 19th century outbuilding. Viewing from the east, this has the lower courses of flint and the upper courses of red brick laid in English bond. There is a window under the eaves, reduced in height. The interior is virtually all of 1988-9. In the south part is an early 20th century animal feed trough. An inserted staircase in the rear outshut leads to a new upper floor. The roof has been replaced.


Families Living at Delph Farm

1875 to 1902 D. CLARKE - Farmer

1902 to 1925  George ENGLISH - Farmer. Sometime in this period the farmland was taken in with Hall Farm.

1925  Walter LONG - Bailiff to E. KING of hall farm

1926 to 1929  Ernest KING Jnr. - Farming Hall and Delph Farms with his father.

1946 to early 1990s Mr & Mrs Ted BECK living in house

Name changed to Poppylands in late 1980s.


Horsey Photohistory

A Genealogical CD, in PDF format so can be read by any computer, containing almost 200 high quality photographs, all from private sources, depicting the life and times of this idyllic Norfolk Broadland village.

Never-before-seen photographs of the Horsey Flood of 1938, together with people and events in village life, covering the past 120 years.

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