New Hall Farm
Dick Burch: "The farmhouse lies up a long drive opposite the turn-off to Tostock and near the pre-war Fox & Goose public house. Lying close to Norton Wood, New Hall has been known as Elmswell Park Stud since about 1995. Mr Arthur Chamberlayne the important Bury solicitor resided here before the war and his farm bailiff was a William Hall. He had three farm workers here on this large farm. By the early 1950s Gerald Chamen was farming the 200-250 acres of the New Hall estate. As well as crops he had dairy herds, and his wife had a show herd of Jersey cattle here. After Mr Chamen’s death his widow Mrs Joyce Chamen sold off a lot of the farmland to Peter Over of Elmswell Hall and the land over beyond Norton Wood, to Rowley Miles of Great Ashfield. She herself kept 50 acres, mainly for pasture, as well as the coppiced Norton Wood for syndicated shooting.
In the early 1980s a racing horse stud was established at New Hall by Mr Charles Campbell-Golding. In the mid 1990s a gentleman from Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, prominent in the Newmarket racing world, took over this ‘Elmswell Park Stud’ to add to his Dalham Hall, Thetford and Kettlebaston properties and stud farms. Many expensive and fine-looking race horses are to be seen grazing in the pastures around this house."
Thanks to Mrs Margaret Borrett for the loan of the pictures to the right, and those of Mrs Chamen below.
1. New Hall Farm .. Full size
Mr & Mrs Chamen
Joyce Chamen has a winner; Ted Smith far left (used to live at Fox&Goose)
Joyce Chamen with her sister Barbara Sewell
Mrs Chamen with John Bullock (standing)