Return to Menu page Memories of Sandy Lane Brian Callan’s excellent book on Belton suggests that Sandy Lane handy Lane has been around since the Bronze age. To my knowledge it does not go back that far! I was not around and was likely not much aware of my surroundings until a few years later and then I left Belton, after the death of my father in 1966. I shall confine my observations to this period with additions from historical document sand later “nostalgia” visits. Growing up it was universally called Goffins Lane and it appeared as such in the […]
I have lived in Belton all my life, and went to the village School in the mid 60's then I went to Lothingland secondary Modern in Lound, Suffolk, I now work in Norwich. My interests are Photography and Music.
Return to Menu page Taken from the Great Yarmouth Mercury. With kind permission of Mrs Marian Hall (Botwright) There was a time back in the nineteen Fifties and Sixties when there was hardly a family in the borough of Great Yarmouth and Gorleston which did not have someone working either at Birds Eye or Erie Resister. That was indicative of the role these companies played in the local economy, supporting many a household with a good income, which offered people the chance of those little extras. those so – called luxuries without breaking the bank. We have a lot […]
Return to Menu page The new library for the children at Moorlands CE Primary Academy in Belton was opened on September 14th by children’s author Joffre White and Dave Watson reprehensive of the Freemen of Norwich. The library has been principally funded by a generous grant from the Freemen as well as by Adnams of Southwold. Senior teacher Jon Biddle said: “The children are so exited by the new library. We have chosen the books very carefully based on conversations with them and consultation with our school book council.” The opening ceremony was attended by representatives from the Freemen and […]
Return to Menu page Toasting the success of the new – look Railway Tavern are from left to right: Gerald Tooley, Norwich Brewery District Manager, John Noble, Chairman of the Licensing bench, and Muriel and Neville Rogers The Railway Tavern public house in Belton, well known by locals and visitors alike has been officially re-opened last week(this is taken from the Eastern Daily Press on 24th September, 1979). After an extensive alterations programme. The work which lasted five months was carrier out jointly between tenants Neville and Muriel Rogers and Norwich Brewery. The drinking area has been almost doubled […]
Return to Menu page EDP best kept village competition 1991 Belton entered the best kept village for villages with a population of over 500 people below is the judges summary sheet with recommendation’s for the future.
Return to Menu page The following pictures show various houses from Belton and Burgh Castle built in the previous century’s This picture is of “Coronation Terrace” in Burgh Castle built by local builder T.V. Palmer of Gorleston – on – Sea in the 1950’s Renovation of No1 Station Road North Belton showing original brickwork prior to being re-rendered. No 1 Station road after being re-rendered and all freshly re painted ready to be placed on the market in 2013. Possibly the oldest building in Belton This is recognised to be the oldest building in Belton Known as “Old Dame School” […]
Return to Menu page Digging for victory. “Digging for Victory” was the well published slogan during WW2 to encourage the British to grow more food to supplement the meagre rations available. My father took this very much to heart and expanded our already good sized garden at Hill Cottages on Sandy Lane by opening up an equally generous sized new plot over the hedge,onto what was a portion of Belton Common. which contained among other varieties Mirabelle Plum. This ground I don’t think had been cultivated since the creation! It consisted of tussocky grass and bracken and just […]
Return to Menu page Belton book – by Dorothy Smith In January 1992 – just a mere two weeks after its publication a book on the history of Belton has already sold more than two hundred copies. Such a demand from the people who want to read about the Suffolk village in the days before it was annexed by Norfolk and became a dormitory for Gt. Yarmouth. The author, Dorothy Smith then 88 is one person who regrets the change. She is a descendant of he Farman family which lived in the village for five generations, but her book is […]
Return to Menu page St. Johns farm house is a beautiful thatched building with history stretching back four centuries and is being given a much needed reed re-topping. St. Johns farm house is one of only three thatched buildings left in Belton. St. Johns farmhouse has long been a busy, bustling village home. It has been in Janet McManus’ family since her parents Roger & Annie Botwright bought it in 1953, and worked the land as farmers. There is no farm to tend to these days but, some traditions still carry favour, an the farmhouse has recently ben re-thatched using […]
Return to Menu page After one hundred years we commemorate the Glorious dead from Belton. World War One. Alfred John Arrowsmith – Born in 1886 in Lowestoft – (Rank) Corporal – The Royal Norfolk Regiment – killed in action on the 9th March 1918 in France/Flanders, commemorated in ANZAC Cemetery Sailly – Sur – Lalys. Ernest Charles Brooks – Born in Belton Suffolk – (Rank) Private – Suffolk Regiment – Killed in Action on the 13th September 1916 in France/Flanders, commemorated in the THIEPVAL Memorial on the Somme. George Alfred Saul – Born in Belton Suffolk – (Rank) Private – Queen’s (Royal […]