On Wednesday 12th July 1929,at 2.30pm, the Horsey Estate went for Auction, at The London
Auction Mart, 155 Queen Victoria Street, London, EC4, by order of The Right Honourable Baroness Lucas.
The Estate was purchased by Major Anthony BUXTON, whose family still live at the Hall
Described as an
"Attractive freehold Residential, Sporting and Agricultural Property, known as The Horsey Hall
- THE RESIDENCE, containing Three reception rooms and hall, fifteen bed and dressing rooms
arranged on two floors, three bathrooms.
- HORSEY MERE, one of the far-famed Norfolk Broads presenting unique attractions to
naturalists, bird lovers and sportsmen.
- FIVE FARMS, MARSHES, COTTAGE PROPERTY
In all about 1726 acres.
The Horsey Hall Estate comprises one of the most attractive Sporting Properties in
the Eastern Counties, shooting in the winter, in particular of woodcock, snipe, teal and duck, being a feature.
Horsey Mere, of about 120 acres in extent, is one of the most popular of the well-known Norfolk Broads, with it's
yachting and boating during the summer months. The sea shore with it's far reaching beach is within fifteen
minutes' walk of the house.
It is seldom that properties embracing both sea frontage and inland mere come onto the market. In this respect the
Horsey Hall Estate is most exceptional.
Horsey Hall, in itself of moderate size, is comfortable and well-arranged. The gardens, natural
in character, are extremely picturesque.
it is situated 3 miles from Martham, 12 miles from Great Yarmouth, and 20 miles from Norwich, the
well-known market town of Acle being 9 miles away. London by road, 130 miles, with excellent train service to
The farms are of convenient size, with each being included an area of the marshes, the arable
being some of the best corn growing land in East Norfolk.
The Estate, lying within a ring fence, comprises practically the whole of the parish. It
possesses it's own dyke drainage system which has recently been improved.
The Estate derives a steady income from the berthing of private yachts, etc. in the Staithe next
to the public road and windmill, apart from the sale of reeds.
Church and postal facilities are within 5 minutes' walk of the house.
The special attention of naturalists and Bird Lovers is drawn to the following
HORSEY MERE combined with BRAYDEN MARSHES and other parts of the estate are widely known as the
home of MANY RARE SPECIES of WILD BIRD, many of which breed there, including the Montague Harrier, Marsh Harrier,
Bittern, Bearded Tit, Water Rails, Grasshopper Warbler, and in recent years rare immigrants heve been seen
including the Snowy owl, Red-footed Falcon, Sea-eagle, Osprey, etc. etc.
The Gardens at the Hall on occasions swarm with migrants which seek shelter and rest during the
In addition to these rare species the Mere itself is one of the best autumn and winter resorts of
the Common Rochard and Tufted Duck, thousands at times resting here during the day, besides hundreds of Coots and
other wild fowl.
The Coarse Fishing on the Mere is unusually good, Bream, Tench and Pike are all larger here than
on the other Broads in the vicinity. There is an old saying "Horsey pike - none like".
It is claimed that Horsey Mere holds the largest pike in Norfolk today, up to 30lbs.
THE BRAYDEN MARSHES which are intercepted by dykes provide resting places for Mallard and Teal.
Last year over 4,000 were seen here at a time and nearby four guns killed 150 ducks for the morning
There is no doubt that at small cost these Marshes could be greatly improved so that over a
thousand duck could be bagged in one season. this has not actually been the case during the past seasons as the
wild fowl shooting has not been specialised in."