Yes this is definitely The Lodge, with Stanhoe Hall behind it. The Lodge is still lived in but no longer belongs to The Hall.
One of the owners of The Hall after Mr Sanderson moved the drive to the far left of the front garden and built a 6ft brick wall in front of The Hall, on the roadside, to give them more privacy. It is currently being clothed in a trained shrub to soften the effect.
The walled garden that you remember is now separated from The Hall and belongs to the Stable Block which is now converted into a spacious dwelling.
There are not so many trees in the grounds now as in this photo.
Stanhoe is still a very nice place to live , but no longer a community with an agricultural base as it was in your day.
Whereas in your day The Hall was the home of the farmer who worked the land that belonged to it, it is now a private house with no farm attached.
Mr Beales the policeman was around for a long time as he spent his retirement years in Docking, and graduated from a bicycle to a little 3 wheeler car.
It has been so many years since living at "The Lodge" I don't know if this is the correct place. Mr Sanderson was the Hall's owner and rented My Wife, Jean and I the Lodge. We were so poor we could not afford a Camera or, beleve me, I would have Photographed Beautiful Stanhoe's every foot.
Our first Son, William Elliott Hodge, was born in the Lodge. Back then, directly behind the Lodge was a Maze and the Drive entrance was to the left of the lodge (facing from the road ) and then a quick right off the Sanderson's driveway into The Lodge's parking spot.
Could someone varify if this is the same Hall and Lodge the Sanderson's Owned? And I would love getting Photo's and/or information of Stanhoe during 1953-1956
P.C.Beale is the only other person I can recall. Like he, I was a Police Officer until my retirement in 1994. He would stop by and have a tea with us in times of our traveling on Bycycle. I would bike when possible to Sculthorpe.
Thank you for any consideration
David E Hodge
607 Clifdale Road