Lodge Farm
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).

Extract from OS map, 1906: part of Hawkes Lane with buildings shaded with diagonal lines; glass-houses with xx lines.
Extract from OS map, 1906: part of Hawkes Lane with buildings shaded with diagonal lines; glass-houses with xx lines.

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 Mr White......

Mr White harvesting land south of Cuckoofield Lane, Mulbarton
Mr White harvesting land south of Cuckoofield Lane, Mulbarton