From Cottages to Modern Homes
Until after the end of World War 2, the majority of Mulbarton families lived in small cottages with very basic facilities. Many of these were 'tied' cottages - rented to agricultural labourers for the duration of their time working on the farm. Tenancies were generally up to Michaelmas (29th September). After the harvest, 'ag. labs.' could find themselves not only out of a job, but out of a house, with the consequent upheaval for their family. And anyone who couldn't work because of illness or injury, and couldn't pay the rent, were equally likely to lose their home and find themselves 'on the Parish' or - worse still - in the Workhouse. For Mulbarton unfortunates, the Henstead Union Workhouse was at Swainsthorpe (now flats and houses on the left of the road from Mulbarton to Swainsthorpe).