Agriculture and Industry

The main occupation of Carbrooke, was Agriculture, with the majority of inhabitants, agricultural labourers. (Local surnames include Page, Platfoot, Ainger, and Newson). There were a fair few farmers, for example Minns, Alpe, and Wace, and many of the smaller farmers were able to combine this with other occupations, no doubt through necessity!

William (a labourer) and his wife Sarah Barker obviously had high hopes for their son when they baptised him in 1826 –Wealthy Barker!

Agriculture during the 1870’s and 1880’s in Britain was in decline, and so was the population of Carbrooke, with the introduction of mechanisation, and the import of cheap crops from America, and increasingly meat from Australia and Argentina. Many labourers left the countryside, looking for better conditions in towns, cities and even abroad. Whether they found them is debatable with the overcrowding and disease in the slums of the cities, but staying behind they risked starvation, eviction or the workhouse at Rockland All Saints, which was absolutely feared and many did prefer to starve than enter the workhouse.

During the Inter - war years a number of local farms were sold, whether this was due to depressions, as a result of World War one, lack of man power, mechanisation, or loss of faith in farming we have yet to discover.

Letting & Auction Catalogue details from local farms.


Carbrooke was a self-sufficient village, boasting Pubs, Post Office, with occupations recorded, Wheelwrights (George Catton and Joshua Buck 1820’s and 30’s), Iron founder, Constable, Shopkeeper, Butcher (Robert Dennis 1825), Baker, Blacksmith - where the Carbrooke Garage stands next to the Village Hall (Thomas Hipkins 1828), Shoemaker Edward Sayer 1820/30s, Thatcher, Tailor and Beer dealer –unusual combination!- John Harvey 1832, Bricklayer, Plasterer, Carpenter – Robert Murrell 1820/30s, Miller – John Land 1825, John Rumble 1835 and even a Mariner – William Morgan in 1836! Another unusual combination in 1901 was Publican and crab dealer! In the early 1900’s there was even a hairdresser and fried fish shop!

Gravel has been extracted from the gravel pits between Summer Lane and Mill Lane for many years originally by Minns an old Carbrooke farming family.

Now owned by Frimstone Ltd. and ‘4 Leaf Enterprises’

Carbrooke Pubs:

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Carbrooke Mills

There have been a number of Mills in Carbrooke over the years, a necessity in keeping its population fed, and making use of the simple power supply: - wind in a flat landscape.  

Carbrooke Foundry

We also have an Industrial base in the form of East Coast Castings, an Iron Foundry near the Flying Fish. The foundry was established by Jonathon Hunton in1786 originally to produce farm implements.

Unveiling Of Hunton Horse Plough


Carbrooke Residents and Businesses of the Present and Future.

I have been surprised to find how many businesses operate within Carbrooke (from Home).

If you live in Carbrooke and run a business elsewhere, or run a business in Carbrooke and would like a link to your business put on this page, let me know.

Carbrooke Village, Wayland, Norfolk has a long and interesting history. If you have any comments, information, anecdotes or photographs, you would like to share, please contact me.

This is an ongoing project and it would be lovely to add more information.

Last updated 08.10.2012