Chris Branch, born in 1946, shown in his father’s arms (Bill Branch, aged 40) in 1947, at Station Farm. They are admiring the Jersey heifer called Cherry, who later went on to become the house cow.
Chris Branch says in 2011:
This would be a holiday photograph taken after the excitement of a 3-hour steam train journey from London to Stanhoe Station.
Coming to Stanhoe was an adventure. The old Station Farm farmhouse had no running water. The farm buildings were of red brick and the roofs were covered in red pan tiles. Flint and brick walls segregated parts of the farmyard and also separated the house from its garden.
Some corrugated tin roofs kept parts of the bullock yards dry and part of the flint garden wall here is dilapidated
but in other shots is shown to be built up again. Note the good condition of Grandfather’s garage in this 1947 snap.
With that one exception the farm and buildings have been greatly “improved” since 1965 by both Blanche Calver and Jenny and Mike Sparks.