Market gardening was important in the Swardeston, Mulbarton, Bracon Ash area - between four and six miles from Norwich on a reasonably good road. There was also a good train service to London from Swainsthorpe Station, and to the Midlands and Manchester from Hethersett station.
Along the road to Norwich it was mainly market gardens. The people here were tenants of the Stewards of East Carleton Manor until the 1920 Estate Sale, when they were able to buy the freehold of their property.
Frank Carver grew flowers, fruit, etc. and had a 7-acre orchard. He is listed as 'Farmer' in 1922. Their cottage was known as 'The Thatched House' but had to be rebuilt after a disastrous fire (see Services) and became Orchard House. This was LOT 16 of the 1920 Estate Sale. Their grandson, Vic Gray, still has greenhouses and runs a small nursery on the opposite side of the road.
His mother, Nesda Gray wrote:
"My mother was born in this house in 1887, I was born here in 1914, my sister in 1921. In 1926 a 'thrashing' engine coaling up to climb the hill set the thatched roof on fire with sparks. It was rebuilt and my father, Mr. Carver, carried on as Market Gardener and 'flowerist'. He also had 7 acres of fruit trees, so he was well-known in the 'Early Market'."