Wlanut Tree Farm

tm 263, on the corner of Gipping Road and Rendall Lane and previously known as Poplar Farm (not to be conused with the Poplar Farm along Saxham Street)

 

In 1904 and 1916 George Brame is at the farm, following the deatj of H.F. Harward he moved to Poole’s farm.

 Herbert Simper worked there for a time.

William King (from Bramford) bought the farm and in the 1920’s Robert  Allard and Doris King moved in, in 1927.

It was the childhood home of Mary Bloom, whose parents were Robert Allard and Doris King . Pre 1947 the farm was mainly arable with cows for their milk.The  family delivered milk around the village and Stonham  using a hand cart that was donated to the Museum of East Anglian Life. Villagers would leave their back door open and mary or her sister would ladle the expected amount of milk into a waiting bowl.

In 1947 the milk round was sold off and the cows as well.

The farm subsequently specialised in duck farming and then pigs. During the 2010’s as well as being a working farm it had a farmshop and cafe. The farm shop sold craft goods, housed the post office and an ATM.

The PO and ATM facilities ceased at the end of  2018, with the closure of the farm shop and cafe.

By 2020 just prior to the Covid-19 lockdown a new cafe and gift shop had started trading..