Some Events which have affected Buxton over the years.
Much is hidden in the mists of time.

For many centuries Norfolk villages were great wool weaving centres. Some came with William the Conqueror and some more with Edward III about 700 years ago. Cottages were built with long windows to accommodate and throw light on the looms. There were said to have been many in Buxton. Two were known to have been in Brook Street, and one on the Heath. Oxnead Mill was known as a "Duffle" Mill, i.e. used to be used for weaving cloth.


The Black death decimated the population. 60,000 people are thought to have perished in Norfolk. Half the population died in country areas and there were no labourers, food shortages and great suffering. There were fewer people living in the villages after this.


Another plague hit Lammas.


A great flood struck Buxton. It was much worse than the one we know of in 1912.


South Porch of church was rebuilt.


Railway was opened.


Church tower was rebuilt.


A great gale swept the area, More than 2543 trees were overthrown in a plantation in Marsham belonging to the Dudwick Estate. A further account says "In 1895 a great gale took place on Sunday March 24th uprooting trees and scattering thatch from the houses. In Brook Street the thatched houses were completely uncovered. The barn adjoining the Old Hall was blown over and the granaries at the station were overthrown. The Church weather vane was blown across the road. People who ventured out were swept off their feet and lost items of clothing. The roof of the Sunday School collapsed. In Mill Street the Old Maltings fell."


The first car in Buxton was owned by Mr Ray who lived at Dudwick Cottages.


The coronation of King George V was celebrated with a service and Procession of Empire ( see photo), a fete and childrens' tea in Dudwick Park.
King George V Coronation. King George V Coronation. King George V Coronation.


Great floods of Norwich and Norfolk. These came at the end of a dismal August. The rain began at 3.00AM on Monday 26th August and continued until mid morning on 27th. Brundall recorded the highest total of 8.06" but 7" appears to have fallen in the Buxton area. The Bure overflowed its banks and people had to be rescued from upstairs windows by boat. Animals were drowned, the road to Lammas became a roaring flood, and the meadows were one big lake. Many hay cocks were swept down from the Lammas & Hautbois meadows causing a damning of the river by the narrow Coltishall Bridge. When this gave way (see photo) the water levels dropped in Buxton.
The Zulu wherry was trapped in the river Bure while unloading cargo at Aylsham and as the locks were destroyed it was unable to get back down the river (see the picture of it being manhandled across the road near Buxton Mill).
Towards Lammas. The Anchor of Hope. The Anchor of Hope. The Anchor of Hope. Drakes Loke. The Zulu Wherry being manhandled over the road. The Mill. The Mill. The Old Coltishall bridge. The New Coltishall bridge. The Mill. Towards Lammas, taken from the top of the Mill. Towards Hautbois from the railway line. The Mill from Lammas. Stranded at Lock Keepers Cottage. Lock Keepers Cottage. The remains of the Bridge. The remains of the Bridge. The remains of the bridge. The temporary replacement bridge. Flooded fields. Flooded fields. Flooded fields.


A telephone exchange was opened at the Post Office.


Village Hall was opened. The churchyard was enlarged.


Electricity came to Buxton. It was first installed in Mill House then inhabited by Lady Birkbeck.


In June the old lock in the river which had been disused since the 1912 flood was filled up and a good road opened from Buxton to Lammas.


The parishes of Buxton and Lammas were united.


The Village Hall was partially burnt down. It was rebuilt and improvements made.


Two Planes Crash

28 April 1943. Typhoon lb DN265 US-B was leading a four aircraft flight of 56 Sqn Typhoons from Matlaske on a training sortie over Norfolk at 1230 hours when it disintegrated in mid-air. The tail and parts of the wings came off, hitting and damaging a following Typhoon, R8825 US-V.
DN265 crashed on land at Dudwick Farm (halfway between the farm and the Aylsham Road) and was destroyed, pilot Sgt D Driscoll being killed.
Tyhoon R8825 was able to make a successful wheels-up landing in a field at Bradmoor Farm, North Walsham, and pilot Sgt A P McNicol was unhurt.
4 March 1945. Mosquito NF Mk XIX MM640 'H' of 169 Sqn from RAF Gt Massingham crashed near The Avenue, Lodge Farm, Buxton, at 0010 hours whilst returning from an intruder patrol over Germany.
The mosquito was itself the victim of a German Ju 88 night-fighter on a late-war intruder operation code-named "Gisela".
It is believed that the Mosquito broke up in mid-air before crashing. Both crew members, pilot Sqn Ldr V J Fenwick (Canadian) and navigator/radar operator F/O J W Pierce (of Waterloo, London), were killed. Fenwick is buried at Porstmouth and Pierce at Cambridge City Cemetery.
At the time of it's loss, the Mosquito was being diverted to RAF Coltishall owing to the presence of enemy aircraft. One propeller blade and various engine components were recovered on 25 June 1995.
A British fighter aircraft is reported to have come down in the field to the north of Cawston Rd between Lion Rd Cottages and Dudwick Farm It crash landed and was intact enough for most of the aircraft to be taken away on a low loader but aircraft parts have been picked up from that field although a more recent survey couldn't find any more. It is not thought any one was killed in this crash.
A typhoon is reported to have crashed in the road behind the Red House A mound in the road ( not visible now) about ½ way between the Brampton X roads and the Red House back Drive. The pilot was reported to have been found dead under a straw stack just south of the Cawston Rd. near Dudwik Farms.
2 Liberators are reported to have collided on 25.3.1945 while gathering with other bombers for an assault on Germany and one crashed in the Marshes between Lodge Farm and Oxnead, and the other at Skeyton.
Several bombs were dropped in the Buxton area. One lot fell just the Buxton side of the station.


Bicycle polo Teams the Hornets and Grasshoppers won Div 1 & div 2 of the East Anglian Summer league. They were run by the village policeman Mr Newby and consisted of Teddy Forster, Gerald Rust, Austin Rust, Roger Mason, Dick Smithson, Billy Miller, Brian Mason, Arthur Woodcock, ? Cannell, Gerald Bircham (capt), and ? Woodcock. (see picture). Hornets and Grasshoppers Bicycle Polo Team