Images of Park Farm

Views from the castle

By Robert Hallmann

As the ancient centre of the historical Hadleigh Royal Park, the former home of the park keeper, which we now know as Park Farm, is again in the news after years of neglect, so I have dug out some of my memories of the place from a snowy winter decades ago. It will be great to see the building being saved, especially if it can be saved intact…

Photo:A picture taken from the castle area.

A picture taken from the castle area.

© Robert Hallmann

Photo:Somewhere I remember reading about a windmill that once stood nearby? It would have been well suited to catch the wind at that elevation.

Somewhere I remember reading about a windmill that once stood nearby? It would have been well suited to catch the wind at that elevation.

© Robert Hallmann

Photo:A view of Home Farm from the castle.

A view of Home Farm from the castle.

© Robert Hallmann

Photo:Here I was attracted by the view of South Benfleet's watertower...

Here I was attracted by the view of South Benfleet's watertower...

© Robert Hallmann

Photo:Does anyone remember the brick-built 'ER' postbox at the corner of Castle Lane and the Salvation Army? First the lovely cast-iron front went missing and then the bricks were dismantled. Today it would have had to make way for the lane widening...

Does anyone remember the brick-built 'ER' postbox at the corner of Castle Lane and the Salvation Army? First the lovely cast-iron front went missing and then the bricks were dismantled. Today it would have had to make way for the lane widening...

© Robert Hallmann

This page was added by Robert Hallmann on 06/04/2011.
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I remember the post box well, as a youngster in the 1930s, I used to post mail in the box for my parents. We lived at Dorlie, No 72 Castle Road West.

By Ian Hawks
On 07/04/2011

Yes, I remember the windmill, it was an iron construction for pumping water up to a large tank for use on the farm. It could be clearly seen from the London Road.

By Ian Hawks
On 12/06/2011

Thank you, Ian. I'm glad I did not dream the windmill. What we need now is a picture of it. There is another more tenuous possibility of a mill in Hadleigh. A plot called 'Millfield' between Solbys Lane and Rectory Road had a pond lined with ancient willows, most of which have now succumbed to age. Did Solbys ever have a windmill?

By Robert Hallmann
On 16/06/2011
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