The Changing  Landscape

Farming

Mr. H. Ransome standing on his horse-drawn roller c.1920

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photo courtesy of Basil Ransome

Hall Lane, 1870

Haymaking in Clippesby 1911

photos courtesy of Jamie Kenworthy

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These charming pictures above of Summer work in the fields of Clippesby were photographed over a hundred years ago; they were kindly sent to us by Jamie Kenworthy from Alaska; they come from the collection of his late father, Nelson Attlee Kenworthy. In the last two pictures Jamie's grandparents are shown talking to the haymakers.

Harvesting in Clippesby in the 1980s

Harvesting in Clippesby 1981
Harvesting in Clippesby 1981
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Clippesby Garden Centre in the background
Clippesby Garden Centre in the background
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Pea harvest in Church field, Clippesby, 1981
Pea harvest in Church field, Clippesby, 1981
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Pea harvest, Church field, Clippesby, 1981
Pea harvest, Church field, Clippesby, 1981
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Harvesting in Clippesby 2014

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Harvester
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Harvester 2
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Hay cascade
Hay cascade
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Harvester and trailer move together
Harvester and trailer move together
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Transferring the grain
Transferring the grain
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Transporting the hay
Transporting the hay
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Haymaking in Clippesby, 2014

Brand new machinery
Brand new machinery
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Gathering up the hay
Gathering up the hay
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Out pops a bale.....
Out pops a bale.....
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.... which rolls down the slope
.... which rolls down the slope
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The process repeats
The process repeats
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Next day ... all wrapped up.
Next day ... all wrapped up.
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Time study
Time study
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Time study:-

Collecting the bales,

36 seconds for 2 bales

Look away, and you've

missed it.

The Clippesby Oak
The Clippesby Oak
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photo courtesy of Jamie Kenworthy

The Clippesby Oak

 

This tree was famous on account of its

remarkable size, and was drawn and named on

contemporary maps.  It is said that it needed six men to link hands round its trunk.  The two figures in this photo, and the distance they are away from the photographer, give you an idea of its stature.

Tragically it was destroyed by lightning in about 1913.  A long poem about this tree was published in a poetry collection by the contemporary artist and poet, Peregrine Feeny,  at one time a resident of Clippesby Hall.

The changing fate of the Clippesby Old Hall

The Old Clippesby Hall
The Old Clippesby Hall
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Derelict farm buildings, 1981
Derelict farm buildings, 1981
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Stables still in use, 1985
Stables still in use, 1985
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Renovations viewed from the rear
Renovations viewed from the rear
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"The Crow's Nest"
"The Crow's Nest"
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Stables and adjoining buildings now the Court House
Stables and adjoining buildings now the Court House
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Two of the chimneys on Clippesby Rectory
Two of the chimneys on Clippesby Rectory
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The chimneys on the present Clippesby Rectory, built by Henry Muskett

The first picture is the only one we have of the Old Hall. It is taken from a photograph of the North Front c.1903. Were these ornate Tudor chimneys re-used when the Rev. Henry Muskett built his new Rectory? Some of the old flint walls still exist.

The present Clippesby Hall (as it once was)

In the days of the Old Hall this was known as Clippesby House

The first nine pre-

WW1 photos are courtesy of Jamie Kenworthy, whose father, Nelson Kenworthy, lived here as a boy,  c 1911

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It lost its upper story after the terrible winter of 1947

Clippesby Hall in the 1930s
Clippesby Hall in the 1930s
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The Hall as it was until 2010
The Hall as it was until 2010
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Clippesby Hall in 2014
Clippesby Hall in 2014
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photo: Peter Bower

pre 2010

2013

Nelson's clock at Clippesby Hall

The lost (replaced) clock tower

Clippesby Clock (Ben)

The modern clock tower

The (nearly) Lost Lake - in the field opposite the entrance to the present Clippesby Hall

Before the two World Wars this was a peaceful beauty spot, used by the Feaney/Kenworthy family and, later, the Bower family for enjoyment and relaxation.  In the first photo, Clippesby Hall can clearly be seen at the top of the rise.  Landsaped walks of flowering shrubs skirted around the edge of the lake. The first eleven photos are courtesy of Jamie Kenworthy, and show some of his father's family who lived in the Hall a hundred years ago.

A winter outing on Clippesby Lake c 1911
A winter outing on Clippesby Lake c 1911
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Nelson & a Clippesby Lake fishing party
Nelson & a Clippesby Lake fishing party
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Clippesby Lake fishing party
Clippesby Lake fishing party
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Young Nelson Kenworthy, Jamie's dad 1911
Young Nelson Kenworthy, Jamie's dad 1911
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Boat house reflected in the waters of Clippesby's lake
Boat house reflected in the waters of Clippesby's lake
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Frozen Lake, Clippesby, 1985
Frozen Lake, Clippesby, 1985
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Rhododendrons and other shrubs abound, 1985
Rhododendrons and other shrubs abound, 1985
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By the lake, Clippesby, Summer 1985
By the lake, Clippesby, Summer 1985
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Nettles and reeds take over
Nettles and reeds take over
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A little clear water at the far end
A little clear water at the far end
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1985 these five photos: Pauline Willmott

these four photso: Peter Bower

Clippesby Lake was still a place of beauty and relaxation until WW2 when of necessity it fell into disuse as a pleasure ground. By the 1950's, though still pretty, the paths were difficult to walk having become overgrown. Now by 2014 reeds have almost entirely taken over; boat, jetty and footpath are gone - a small area of water remains at the far end , and very few people are even aware of the lake's existence.

April 2015

2015-04-28 Lake 1
2015-04-28 Lake 1
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2015-04-28 Lake 2
2015-04-28 Lake 2
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2015-04-28 Lake 3
2015-04-28 Lake 3
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(Short video showing more ~ "Clippesby's Secret" ~ on Videos page)

Clippesby Village Sign

Clippesby village sign unveiling
Clippesby village sign unveiling
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Clippesby village sign and seat, 1985
Clippesby village sign and seat, 1985
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Contrary to the press report, this was designed by Mandy Cooke (nee Youngs) now of Oby, who, when she was a pupil at Acle, won a competition to design the sign.  It was painted by the Youngs in their front garden

The mill shown is Clippesby Mill.  As far as we know its only claim to fame is the fact that it often features in works by Broads artists and photographers

The whole story of the sign and its restoration in 2016 is told here:

At the junction of Hall Lane and the B1152 (also showing The Lost Seat)

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Billockby Corner, 1985

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Site of the Lost Cottage, Billockby Corner, where Mrs. Abel's  cottage stood.

She had a shed in her garden where she let schoolchildren & people put their bicycles when catching  one of the frequent buses to Norwich or Yarmouth. Bus drivers who carried parcels in those far off days would leave them for collection with her.

High Barn, Clippesby, shortly before it was blown down/demolished
High Barn, Clippesby, shortly before it was blown down/demolished
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High Barn, seen through a row of poplars
High Barn, seen through a row of poplars
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The empty space where High Barn was (centre)
The empty space where High Barn was (centre)
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The Lost Barn  ~  High Barn A prominent landmark situated in the field behind Adam & Eve.  Lost in the gale, October 1989.  (The electricity pole remains)

There was a deep well at this barn.  Electricity was brought to the barn to draw water for the pigs which were kept here.  From here on the cables go underground to the back of Clippesby Hall

The pole, standing alone in the middle of nowhere, bears the label "High Barn"

Church Farm stables and pond
Church Farm stables and pond

Old barns, as they were in 1985

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Church Farm barns and stables
Church Farm barns and stables

Church Farm barns, demolished

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Church Farm yard, barns and pond
Church Farm yard, barns and pond

Church Farm barns now converted

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Small remaining section of South House Farm barns
Small remaining section of South House Farm barns

South House Farm barns, now derelict

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Hall Farm barns shortly before conversion
Hall Farm barns shortly before conversion

Hall Farm barns, now converted

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Hall Farm barns before conversion
Hall Farm barns before conversion

Compare these with photos 3,4 & 7 in panel below

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Converted ~ this is now Thatch Barn See photos 7,9 & 10 in panel below

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Modern barn conversions in Clippesby

Court House, opposite the Hall Farms Barns group
Court House, opposite the Hall Farms Barns group
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Crowe's Nest (incorporating the remains of Clippesby Old Hall)
Crowe's Nest (incorporating the remains of Clippesby Old Hall)
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Dairy Barn, Thatch Barn & St.Roberts Barn behind
Dairy Barn, Thatch Barn & St.Roberts Barn behind
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Hall Farm Barns - collective name for Diary, Thatch and St. Roberts Barns
Hall Farm Barns - collective name for Diary, Thatch and St. Roberts Barns
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A glimpse through to the courtyard garden of Dairy Barn
A glimpse through to the courtyard garden of Dairy Barn
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Entrance to the courtyards of Thatch Barn & St. Roberts Barn
Entrance to the courtyards of Thatch Barn & St. Roberts Barn
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Thatch Barn with St.Roberts Barn at the rear
Thatch Barn with St.Roberts Barn at the rear
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The lower end of Clippesby village, spread along the B1152, (Clippesby Low Road) as it was in 1985.  Gradually many of the gaps have been filled in by new houses.

The lower end of Clippesby village in 1985
The lower end of Clippesby village in 1985
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South House Farm, viewed from the marsh
South House Farm, viewed from the marsh
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Stone Cottage on the B1152
Stone Cottage on the B1152
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Cottages in Grove Road, 1985
Cottages in Grove Road, 1985
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Buttercup meadow, Grove Road, 1985
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Continuing to the left of the picture, South House Farm and another lost barn, at the top of the "hill".

Stone Cottage in 1985 (also visible:-  large barn at South House Farm)

Grove Road (private road) leading from Hall Lane near Hall Farm down onto the marsh

Grove Road Cottages

Buttercup meadow

View over the marshes from the main road (B1152) from a point close to South House Farm ~ 1985

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In the middle distance is the tiny aircraft hangar where "Hughie" Showell kept his aeroplane.  He made history by flying solo in it to Australia

The Lost Chapel

The Old Chapel, Clippesby
The Old Chapel, Clippesby
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This was situated in the line of cottages on Clippesby Low Road (the B1152) .Later, as in this photo, converted into a cottage

A new cottage, Chapel House, now stands here

Outside South House Farm
Outside South House Farm
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photo: Jean Lindsay

Squadron Leader Henry Jacobs on a visit to Clippesby in 1949, showing a very quiet Low Road (later called the B1152) and part of South House Farm Barns, with the milk churns from which Mrs. Key would serve the village daily.

Weather

The B1152, date unknown, but trees have not yet hidden the outline of Clippesby Rectory
The B1152, date unknown, but trees have not yet hidden the outline of Clippesby Rectory

Newspaper article erroneously described Clippesby as Billockby

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Snow clearing in Hall Lane in 1930's
Snow clearing in Hall Lane in 1930's

Photo: Peter Bower

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Clippesby Hall in the snow
Clippesby Hall in the snow

Photo: Peter Bower

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Hall Lane, Winter 1985
Hall Lane, Winter 1985

Winter, 1985 We were snowed up for a while, and the Cookes from Oby brought us milk straight from the cow ~ delicious!

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Self-help on the main road, (B1152) Winter 1985
Self-help on the main road, (B1152) Winter 1985

Three photos: Pauline Willmott

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B1152 - go through if you dare!
B1152 - go through if you dare!
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The Advent of the Reservoir ~ Clippesby gets the hump!

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This changed the contours of the field behind Clippesby Hall, hiding the open view across the fields, but at the same time bringing opportunities for an area of wildlife to develop and flourish.

Heavy machinery rumbled twelve hours a day for several months. . .

Rutted with machinery tracks
Rutted with machinery tracks
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...no birds....
...no birds....
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The clay set rock hard
The clay set rock hard
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A year later course grasses and some tough plants had battled through the heavy clay. .

The same view os the picture above
The same view os the picture above
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Sparse green softens the view
Sparse green softens the view
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The same view as the picture above
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Two years later, nature triumphs over the dry clay - Clippesby has an area where wild plants and flowers flourish freely. . .     Where have they all come from?

Nature colonises the clay ~ the reservoir's first year

. . . coltsfoot, ragwort, scarlet pimpernel, daisies, ground ivy, lesser & greater willowherb. . .

                                                   the list will grow as the months go by. . .

By 2014 the reervoir has also become a poplular gathering place for birds ~ mainly Brent geese, in their hundreds, for two days there were a pair of bar-headed geese, possibly resting on a long migratory journey, occasionally oystercatchers, tufted ducks and cormorants. . . and of course the ubiquitous seagulls.

From serene reflections to stormy waves, the reservoir offers ever-changing photo-opportunities. . .       

see  another short slide show in Nature & Countryside