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A Cruck Cottage – Hodson’s Yard/Holly House

Searching the history of houses in Hickling – can you help? We have recently uploaded our first full house history; Hodson’s Yard/Holly House. The owners kindly gave us access to a bundle of deeds and documents dating back to 1803, although the old cottage/cottages would have been there for a considerable time before that. We have been able to add family connections and also notes about the old cruck cottage building – one of the last ones to be demolished in the village (1965). The earlier property had a number of names; Hodson’s Yard, Corner’s Yard, The Retreat, Holly Cottage, The Hollies and a fascinating history – please have a good explore and if you have similar material relating to your own house in Hickling, please contact us and we can help you with transcriptions and a bit of further research, too. Over the coming weeks, we will be adding photographs from the Wadkin archives to our house pages – we will post when they have all been uploaded!

The evolution of Main Street – including the Horse-Causey (Boulder Causeway)

Following a recent enquiry we have been exploring the Horse-Causy (Boulder Causeway) which used to run along the western side of Main Street. The roads were impassable in bad weather and the boulder causeway was the solution – keeping everything going. Can you imagine a time when one of the annual parish jobs was to plough and harrow Main Street?! The boulder causeway was replaced with modern pavements in 1912 as a Coronation project but we have a few photos of it before it disappeared.

How much do you know about the development of our village streets & have any of these old cobbles survived in your garden?!