A rich local history Edwardian Norfolk, Contemporary Style

Built by Colonel Batt between October 1907 and April 1908, the family crest remains over the front door, in the form of a bat! See if you can spot it. Local materials and labour was used from Gresham Estate and the bricks were all baked in a kiln on the estate.

Colonel Batt generated his own electricity, a very impressive feat at the time! This served the property for many years, until it was replaced by an eco-friendly biomass boiler to ensure oodles of hot water and heating.

The present owner bought the property in the 1980s and it has been a happy family home since then, with a stunning estate to enjoy.  Between 2017 and 2018, the family performed extensive renovations, and the property is now the best of both worlds: Edwardian architecture, with all the mod cons!

Daily Life In 1910

Upstairs and Downstairs

From 6am to long after 10pm, the hall would have been abuzz with activity as a staff of maids, house-maids, hall-boys, gardeners and chefs, kept the family in style. A typical day would start with getting the range hot enough to boil that all important first cup of tea!

The butler ruled below stairs, and liaised between the family and servants, but there were strict etiquette rules in place, well, for pretty much everyone.  For example, the butler would be addressed by his surname, but the housekeeper would be Missus ~, and the Chef de Cuisine was, of course, “Monsieur ~”.

Quite extraordinary to hear it now, but it was the custom when entering in to service, that you were given a new name that suited the family. Common names for matching footmen being James and John!