Hawkes Lane, Bracon Ash
Originally called The Beeches, the house was built by James Church as a prestigious home for his growing family towards the end of the 19th Century.
James Church was a successful market gardener, with extensive glass-houses and a magnificent vineyard (housed in the largest glass-house on the map below).
When the business failed under James' son Joseph, the big house and much of the land was sold. The Berney family of Bracon Hall bought the house and some land and installed a tenant farmer.
The last tenant farmer was Richard Henry White (1904-1993) who lived at Lodge Farm with his wife Emlyn (1908-1987) and both are buried in Bracon Ash churchyard. Their son, also Richard (known as Dicky) moved to Mulbarton but continued to help his father at busy times. It is said he hoped to be able to run the farm when his father retired, but Mr Berney wanted to sell the house and land.
When Mr White retired, the house and land were sold separately and Lodge Farm became a private dwelling and was modernised by its new owners.
For a short time it housed a commune < ANY MORE INFORMATION ON THAT ERA?
But once again it is a prestigious country house.