Rocklands, Norfolk

The Villages of Rockland All Saints and Rockland St Peter

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Rockland St Peter

Looking up Chapel Street, from the Crossroads on the AttleboroughRoad.
In the old photograph the Methodist Chapel can just be seen between the tree trunks


The southern end of Chapel Street




The Primitive Methodist Chapel was built in 1849. Regular services were held and other activities included a Youth Club, a Sunday School and Meetings of the Band of Hope.

Whit Monday was a special occasion when flower decorated wagons would assemble on the Green, then go round the village, with hymn singing, accompanied by a harmonium. Tea was provided on the Green or in the school room and this was followed by a nut scramble, as hazel nuts were thrown over the Green.


Chapel Cottage,just to the East of the Methodist Chapel


The Chapel Street and the Methodist Chapel and the Grocer's Shop The shop was run by Mr and Mrs Pease and "sold everything". Mr Pease also undertook men's haircutting on a Friday evening in the kitchen It has now been converted to a house (April Cottage).


The north end of Chapel Street
Many of the buildings have been demolished, though Corner Cottage on the right remains


Attleborough Road,looking East


Allen's Shop on the Attleborough Road.This was a hardware shop and leather dealer, which later added petrol pumps. The site was taken over by Ridgeons Builders Merchants and the building used for offices and storage. It was demolished in 2010


The Peek Vouts buses that served Rocklands before and after WW 2 with services to Watton and Norwich


St Peters Church Hallwas built in the early 1900s adjacent to St Peter's Rectory. It was built of wood and corrugated iron, but had neither water nor electricity. It was used for many activities including the Mothers's Union, whist drives, concerts, wedding receptions and dances, which during the war were attended by American Air Force personel from Deopham Green Air Base. Some young ladies recall hiding in the small toilet when fighting broke out among the American troops It was knocked down when the Village Hall was built in the 1950s.


Caston Road,Rocklands


The Manor House,Rocklands situated on the Scoulton Road


Rockland St Peter Tower Mill
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Map of 1885

Image produced from the service with permission of Landmark Information Group Ltd. and Ordnance Survey