Carr Lane

The Poringland Oak. Painting by John Crome c.1819 and thought to be near the pond in Carr Lane. (Pic. The Tate).

The painting as depicted on a cigarette card in 1927.


The Street end of Carr Lane ,looking east, in the winter of 1978. Adrian ,Claire and Ann Fordham out sledging. (Pic. Mike Fordham).

The Street end of Carr Lane , looking west, in 1980. Testing out their cycles are Cynthia Penn with sons Stephen and Marcus.

( Pic. R. Gooderham) .

Ted Andrews, coal merchant, lived opposite the Chapel. Seen here at Thorpe Station, 1998.

Possibly 'Cromes Oak' as seen in 1964. Utting's Farm is in the background centre of the picture. The building on the right is the chapel. (Pic.EDP).

The chapel in 2011. Well Spring Free Church now run as a charity shop and coffee shop supporting children in Kenya.

(Pic. Mike Fordham).

The Coffee Shop 2015. Helpers Karen and Ann busy behind the counter.


December 2015 and the chapel is closed pending a planning application.

(Pic. R.Gooderham)

The land was given to the chapel in the 1960's by Mr. Ernie Brookes of Uttings Farm (now 112 The Street).

This replaced the Chapel in Rectory Lane on the corner of St. Marys Road. Services are now held in the Poringland Community Centre.

(Pic. Mike Fordham).

Mr.& Mrs. Ernie Brookes.

1960, looking up Carr Lane towards Dormer House. This area was known locally as the 'Cramp' ,and, off picture to the left was a redundant gravel pit and boggy wooded areas. Now filled and cleared. (Pic. John Hindle).

Carr Lane in 1954, near the now numbered 71 where Mr. John Parsley kept his pigs.

Winnie Parsley and son Paul, keep an eye on the sow with her litter.


This area in Feb. 2017. (Pic. R.Gooderham)


At the far end of Carr Lane, adjoining Shotesham Road, were the remaining "Prefabs". Pictured here is No.77 during the summer/winter of 1998. These properties were renumbered in January 1972 and its original number was 92 prior to this date. (Pic. Dennis Buck).

The last remaining 'Prefab' in Carr Lane . This was bricked up and remains on its original site.

(Pic. Mike Fordham ).

Overgrown gateways and footpath leading to the old 'prefab' site. (Pic.Mike Fordham).2014

CARR LANE -- A QUIET RURAL RETREAT

These pictures were taken between June 2009 and April 2010 showing the rural aspects of the area.

(Pic's. R. Gooderham).

This was the view from Carr Lane, looking north, in 2008. (Pic. R.Gooderham).

Kemps Farm bungalow was the lone property on most of Carr Lane until engulfed by the developers.

(Pic. R.Gooderham).

Hedges removed and replaced by a brick wall in front of Kemp's Farm bungalow, Nov 2011.

(Pic. Roger Bear ).

The junction of Carr Lane and Dormer House, another isolated farm. Feb.2011

(Pic.R.Gooderham).

Dormer House.

(Pic's Mike Fordham).

Winter scene Jan 2008.

(pic. Mike Fordham).

New Lagoon at the above junction. (Pic's Mike Fordham).

This aerial picture was taken in March 2010.

(Pic's. copyright Mike Page).

This picture was taken in April 2014

(Pic's. copyright Mike Page).


An archeological dig commences on a future part of the site. May 2011.

(Pic.Ray Fawkes).

Further investigation during June 2013 revealed minor Roman activity.

Aerial view of the 'dig' site showing the pattern of the trenches that were explored. (Pic. copyright Mike Page

There were no significant findings. May 2011.

(Pic. copyright Mike Page ).

As can be seen from these aerial shots this development embraces Shotesham Road. For views from that angle see Shotesham Road. March 2013 and further investigation is carried out by NPS on behalf of the County Archaeologist. (Pic. copyright Mike Page .

Wide angle view across the site. (Pic. Mike Fordham).

The next seven pictures all taken in December 2015. (Pic's. R.Gooderham).




Carr Lane closes as a through road. September 2019.

Looking east towards The Street.

(All pictures Roger Bear).


Looking west towards Dormer House.

Looking south towards Shotesham Road.



The new junction with Carr Lane. March 2021. (Pic's R. Gooderham).