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"Off The Tapestry" - Part 2

[Back to History][Introduction][Part 1]

Waterloo Boy
Red Lion
Stone Curlew

Waterloo Boy


The Overtime Tractor made by the John Deere Company was first introduced in England after the First World War, being imported from the USA.


The one on the Tapestry was initially owned by Mr. Edgar Allsop in the early 1920's.  At that time he lived at College Farm, Hockwold and it was used to work his land.


The late Mr. Fred Palmer always spoke of remembering riding on it as a lad of about 8 years old ( 1924 ) when Fred Allsop ( son of Edgar ) was using it to plough.


After Edgar's death the Overtime was passed on to his son, Fred Allsop, who used it to grind corn for farmers and smallholders in the area during the 1940s to 1960s.  Records show that in 1943:


1 comb of oats rolled cost 1s 0d ( 5p in today's money )

1 comb of barley ground cost 1s 9d ( about 8p today )


Fred Allsop sold the tractor in about 1968 / 69 on his retirement and it was in 1994 that Fred's son, Horace Allsop, discovered it, fully restored and up for sale, at the Royal Norfolk Showground at Cottessey.  It sold for 8,000 to a Belgian collector.




Golf is a popular sport with many local golf courses such as Thetford, Feltwell, Watton, Swaffham, Newmarket, Royal Worlington and Bury st. Edmunds to name but a few.  However, by far the nearest is Feltwell which opened many years ago to provide a sporting facility for RAF personnel stationed at RAF Feltwell.


Within a very short space of time the golf course, then known as the Anglo American Golf Club, was open to civilian members, resulting in many local residents taking up the sport.


A committee was set up to purchase the land when the Ministry of Defence withdrew from RAF Feltwell.  There is now a very good nine hole golf course much of which falls within the boundary of Hockwold.  The club apparently enjoys a very healthy membership and hosts many competition matches.  One of the trophies played for annually was given by Michael Denney.


"In honour of those who flew missions and paid the ultimate price in defence of freedom and were loyally supported by their colleagues and ground crews.  RAF Feltwell 1939-1945".

Red Lion

The Red Lion has been a public house for many years and has seen many changes from being thatched  ( no-one in Hockwold remembers that period ).


Perhaps the oldest memory is of landlord Herbert Denney when he moved from the Black Horse when it closed.  He was one of the local blacksmiths and can be remembered shoeing heavy horses for the local farmers - Alfred Enefer, the Harrisons, Peacocks, Allsops and others.  It is undersood that during Herbert's apprenticeship he helped to make the gates at Sandringham.


Some may well recall the landlords of the Red Lion - the Stublys, Chris Baily Jnr., Les and June Cox, Tony Leopold etc. until it was closed for a short period of time.  Several months later Norwich Brewery offered it for sale as a private dwelling and building plot.


Michael and Shirley Denney negotiated to purchase and run it as a pub but the Norwich Brewery would not agree.  Further meetings between both parties were held and eventually the Brewery agreed to the re-opening of the Red Lion.  As tenants they undertook to put in open fires in the two small bars and later in 1984 to turn the Old Traverse into a big bar and build a new toilet block.  They left the red Lion when the rents became too high to run the Red Lion as a village pub ( the landlords by then were Brent Walker ).


There followed a quick succession of landlords until Nick Wilson and Tina Miles took over in 1996.  They currently run the Red Lion as a very successful pub and restaurant with an extensive menu.

Scurlogue and the BBC TV Trophy


Scurlogue Champ and the BBC TV Trophy were owned by Pat Peckham and her husband, the late Ken Peckham.  Scurlogue was the fastest dog for the distance it raced over, holding as many as twenty track records.  Some twelve or more have never been broken to this day.  He won the BBC Trophy two years running being the only dog ever to have done so, which is a rare feat.


Pat and Ken once challenged the owner of the great Ballyreagan Bob to race over split distance but the then owner did not take up the challenge.  Scurlogue Champ was a greatly loved dog in the greyhound racing world and a bar at the Sunderland track is named after him.  There is a very nice line drawing of Scurlogue Champ in the Village.


Pat and Ken also used to take Scurlogue Champ to different tracks after his retirement to parade at charity meetings.  He also came to the Red Lion with Pat and Ken to be present at Prize Presentations  and was always greeted with great enthusiasm.  He would be seen at Pam and Trevor Cobbold's training track exercising.


He was unable to be sired from and, after many tests, he was sadly found to be infertile.  He died at the age of 14.

The Stone Curlew

A rare bird found in open stony terrain - few birds are better equipped to escape observation with their hues and markings blending so well with their natural surroundings.  This with their keen sighted bright yellow eyes makes them difficult to spot.

 They can be seen from the Bird Sanctuary on the Weeting Road.  A wood cabin type building has been erected with a grass type roof which is said to have cost in excess of 100,000.00.  The public can visit the Sanctuary and for a small fee can follow the marked footpaths and hides.  Not only can the stone curlew be seen there but also many other species of birds and wildlife.


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