Beech Lodge, Flitcham - A Gamekeeper's Residence

(These photographs kindly lent by Margaret Malcolm, great grand-daughter of William Goodship)

These very rare photographs show Beech Lodge, a secluded and pretty cottage in carrstone and brick features which once stood on the high ground to the north of Flitcham, close to Anmer. The high ground meant the water supply was always a problem - even the water tower at Appleton (due west) was unable to feed fresh water

The cottage was once home for 40 years to William Francis Goodship and his wife Susannah (nee Duffield). William (in the photo) was a gamekeeper on the Sandringham Estate and on his retirement, moved in to a cottage in Flitcham. The cottage was demolished in the second half of the 20th century.

Several coops can be seen in this photograph while a little girl and her cat play in the foreground. The open windows suggest this was a fine summer's day.