Fairman, who died the following year, gave up Paddock Farm and moved to the
Malthouse where he was nursed through his final years by his daughter, Joyce.
The farm and house then passed to Cyril Fairman (1916-1999, son of Herbert J
Fairman, who had married Alice Fairman - his cousin). After the war, his
great-aunt Anna returned to live at the Malthouse, too.
is remembered for the part in village life. He was very involved in Scouts and
in amateur dramatics, producing and taking part in various shows and pantomimes
that were put on in the Wingfield Hall. Here is an extract from some verse
about one of them - 'Cinderella', produced in 1935:
Have you heard
all the talk of the village,
never forget such a sight:
Pantomime called Cinderella
We gave here
one Wednesday night.
Mr. Fairman, a
gallant Prince Charming,
Had a lot of
lovemaking to do.
Mr. Warren, I
think, was Daneli -
But we didn't
quite know who was who.
(Two of many verses - Author
Some of Mr.
Fairman's land north of Cuckoofield Lane was bought for council housing by
compulsory purchase. Other fields in that area were also sold off and were
subsequently sold to developers for building (e.g. Mr. Mann bought one field
that was then sold to Mr. Kett of Costessey for building Southern Reach). The old
field boundaries are still marked by hedges or lines of trees. When Cyril
Fairman retired from farming, he moved to Ormesby and bought and ran a hotel in
Yarmouth with a friend, though he kept in contact with Mulbarton people for
many more years.
In the 1960s
and '70s, Miss Ireland (of the family of Irelands, Estate Agents and
Auctioneers) lived in the Malthouse and created a garden of rare and
interesting plants. She is remembered for the many parties she held there and a
parrot that lived in the kitchen. Miss Ireland was a stalwart of the local
Mulbarton Parish Magazine, no.60, October 1962:
& DISTRICT W.I. ...the Garden Party kindly given by Miss Ireland in August
was a most enjoyable afternoon. Croquet, clock-golf and a Treasure Hunt were possible
in the garden before a shower sent us into the house for further entertainment,
the highlight being a wonderful collection of coloured holiday and local
photographs, which Miss Ireland projected onto a screen.'
The barns at
the Malthouse and the farmland were used by her brother-in-law, Brigadier
Harris of Swardeston House, who owned much of the land in Mulbarton. This was
managed by Mr. Lockhart at Lodge Farm House.
Ireland moved to a smaller house facing the Common, the Malthouse was sold -
first to Mr. & Mrs. Hatch, who only lived there for 2 years, and then to
the current owners in 1979.
Information on Residents and Trades from Directories and other sources:
Robert Mann (or
Mantes), Maltster 1836, 1839
(address not given)
the tithe map he seems to have owned over 20 acres of land)
Maltster & Farmer 1845 (address not given)
of the windmill by the Common (according to an advert).
malt & hop merchant 1864 (address not given)
Fiddymont 1876 (given
as occupier of 'House & Land By Common' in
Poor Rate Book; owner
Mrs. Crickmore; area = 35 acres 2 rods; rateable value £64.15s.0d. 'Malt
Office', owned by Mrs. Crickman (Crickmore?) unoccupied)
Fiddyment / Fiddiment 'farmer' - no address 1864, '68, '69, '75, 1883
farmer 1892, 1896
Fairman, farmer, 1904
Fairman, farmer 1908, 1912, 1916
(Arthur W Fairman,
farmer & butcher, 1922, 1931, 1937, farming 150+ acres
In 1922, A W Fairman was farming both
Malthouse and Paddock Farms)
postcard of 1926 that this was tall part of present Malthouse)
Mrs. White (in village, but no address, 1892, 1896) - resident of Thorpe
House, 1904, 1908, 1912, 1916, 1922
Frederick Lansdale, Registrar of births, marriages & deaths, 1910 ['Lansdale' could be mis-spelt for
Mrs. Lansdell 1926, 1933, 1937
MALTHOUSE (united once more)
Mr. Hatch 1978
Mr. & Mrs.
Cliffe 1979 - present
research by Mrs Cliffe, Mrs Fairman, Mrs Filmer, Mrs Wheeler)