Bergh Apton

Bergh Apton, just south of Norwich, is where I grew up. It is a place of orchards, sugar beet and wheat. What you won’t find there is a centre, the 428 people who live here do so in scattered houses, the school shut when I was a child and there has never been a pub in my time. What you do find there is a church, Green Pastures farm shop (complete with restaurant and post office) and a very strong community spirit.

Back in the mists of time there were three pubs in the village. The Red Lion and the Bell have buildings that are still known by some as the old Red Lion and the old Bell. The Hare disappeared long ago and stood by a track that has also disappeared, in the middle of what is now a field. Once a year, after the harvest has been gathered, the villagers gather at the site to drink beer and put the world to rights. Most years we try to be in Norfolk for the reopening and this Friday enjoyed this year’s beer.




  1. August 28, 2016 / 4:19 am

    What a beautiful hare. It sounds like a lovely tradition x

    • Catherine
      August 28, 2016 / 6:56 am

      Painted by one of the talented villagers!

  2. August 28, 2016 / 5:15 am

    What an amazing tradition to have. How wonderful for you to be there. Sounds like a similar story to many of the villages I grew up around in the Cotswolds. #MySundayPhoto

    • Catherine
      August 28, 2016 / 6:55 am

      It is a lovely thing to do, the village is small but has many groups The Hare is organised by the History Group.

  3. August 28, 2016 / 5:33 am

    I don’t think I’ve ever been there. It sounds like a fun night though. I hope you enjoyed it.

    • Catherine
      August 28, 2016 / 6:51 am

      Out towards Loddon, Green Pastures is just of the main road and well worth a visit if you are passing!

  4. sarahmo3w
    August 28, 2016 / 6:09 am

    What an interesting post. Our village shop closed 20 years ago, as did our post office and we’ve never had a pub.

    • Catherine
      August 28, 2016 / 6:54 am

      Our original shop and Post Office closed a few years ago but Green Pastures has stepped up magnificently

  5. August 28, 2016 / 6:19 am

    What a wonderful tradition and something so very local

  6. August 28, 2016 / 7:18 am

    What a beautiful sounding place. I think for some reason I’ve driven through there when we went to visit family.

    Thank you for linking up

    • Catherine
      August 28, 2016 / 7:23 am

      Intriguing not an easy place to get to by accident!

  7. August 28, 2016 / 8:05 am

    That’s a great tradition. It’s lovely when villages find their own way to celbrate and be together as a group.

    • Catherine
      August 28, 2016 / 9:07 am

      Bergh Apton is good at gatherings!

  8. August 28, 2016 / 8:38 am

    428 people. Wow! It sounds like a lovely little place and when I saw the hare, it reminded me of Beatrix Potter!

  9. August 28, 2016 / 9:55 pm

    I love it when there is a story behind a photo – and this is just perfect. What a great tradition x

  10. August 29, 2016 / 7:42 pm

    Oh, what a wonderful tale. I’d love to see this old building!

    • Catherine
      August 30, 2016 / 10:06 am

      There is just a field now, we all sit on straw bales!

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