school log book for 1906: 'April 9th ....Mr. J. R. Draper
died this morning. He has been a Manager for many years, and under the Act was
appointed a Foundation Manager.']
& family continued the tenancy, which was due up at Michaelmas 1921. The house and land, still owned
by the Stewards, was auctioned with rest of estate in 1920.
OLD HALL FARM SALE
(Sale documents for the Auction of The East Carleton Estate, 2nd October, 1920 lent by Ingrid Fairman )
Lot 17 in the
sale of the East Carleton Estate by auction on 2nd October 1920, by
direction of Mrs. J H Steward:
Valuable Corn Growing Farm...bounded on the west by the Common, on the East with
frontage to the road to Swainsthorpe Station and intersected by its own farm
road. It extends to an area of about 229 acres 0 rods 26 perches.
house and its outbuildings there were 'Exceptionally Well-built Farm Buildings:
Barn (about 140 ft long) divided into hay barn, chaff cutting shed, corn barn,
stable for four.
stable with loft above, cart shed, cart horse stables (for eleven horses), cow
houses and sheds, thatched bullock shed and yard, another bullock shed, cattle
yard, turnip sheds, cart shed, implement shed.
There are 18
arable fields listed, three pastures and two orchards listed in the farmland.
tenancy ran out at Michaelmas 1921, when the purchaser could have 'vacant
possession'. It seems that the purchaser was the Cross family of Cross &
Co, (Seed, Oil Cake, Manure and Coal Merchants of 35 Cattle Market, Norwich).
Ralph Cross was
at Hall Farm in 1922, when he employed a farm bailiff, William Buttle. He later
moved to Lodge Farm where he lived for
many years. Herbert E
Cross(e), Ralph's brother, is listed in directories of 1933 and '37 as at Hall
farm. When he died,
the land was bought by Brigadier Harris of Swardeston and the Old Hall sold as
a private house to....
Percival Bampfylde Wells, FRAI, PhD, MRCS, LRCP who owned Mulbarton Old Hall
from 1940 to 1978 and lived there for most of his married life. He died on 31st
July 1978, in his 71st year, and the following information comes
from his obituary in The Times: