CALEY FARM, STATION ROAD,
Heacham Heritage would
like to thank Robert Callaby for allowing us to copy his photos and
his help with identifying them.
I have done my best to identify some of the characters but as
almost all were taken before my birth I cannot vouch for the
accuracy. The coach pictures are around 1950 but the remainder
are mainly 1930s. By way of background I am Robert Frederick
Callaby, my father was Robert Horace and his father was Horace
Callaby who bought Caley Farm from the Hunstanton Estate in
1917. Horace died in 1945 when my father took over. The riding
establishment closed in 1953/4. Caley
Farm was run as a guest house until
1952 when it was turned into flats, housing three families of US
air force personnel as well as my family. All photos taken at
Caley Farm unless stated.
Farm is now privately owned.
The coach and four belonged to the Smith family from
Darley Dale in Derbyshire and was driven down over a
period of three days because there was no change of
horses. They brought with them their own groom/farrier.
Heacham harriers was a pack owned by Horace Callaby and
hunted by Charles Johnson who farmed and lived at the
No characters recognised but probably preparing for a
hack to the beach or Ringstead Downs.
L-R Herbert Howling(head
groom), Horace Callaby -----? ------?
Left Robert Horace Callaby on champion pony Jupiter
accompanied by his father Horace on hunter Cardigan.
Smith family coach passing the green and church. The
small figure in white on the centre front seat is me.
Horace Callaby centre with long jacket.
Far left John Holloway and far right Mary Holloway
(Stanley Holloway's children)
(Sir) Alfred Munnings. The greatest ever horse artist
but very poor horseman!
Letter from Munnings to Horace Callaby requesting
accommodation. He was on a commission to paint the
King`s shooting cob "Jock" at Sandringham as a present
to the King from his family, hence the real reason
behind the secrecy. The cover was blown by a media
sleuth of the day though my grandfather was initially in
the firing line! The painting is on display at
indoor riding school, today it is Beekens garage which
is to be demolished and replaced by houses.
Letter from Lady Munnings acknowledging my father`s
condolences concerning Sir Alfred`s death.
Letter fromStanley Holloway to my father , having
just retired from playing the leading role in My Fair
Lady in the west end. His first wife and children spent
many holidays at Caley Farm. Upon his wife`s untimely
death her wish was to be buried at Heacham. As a
catholic it befell my father to arrange for the catholic
ceremony to be performed by the Hunstanton priest and
she was duly buried in Heacham
churchyard in 1937.
My grandfather was buried in the adjacent grave in 1945. Mary and youngest son John
have visited me
in recent years.
Charles Johnson unloading sacks at Moulam and Horn.
Ari (Harry) Asselbergs, Dutch Haute Ecole trainer and I
think one time director of the Spanish Riding School in
Vienna. A friend of Horace Callaby and visitor to Caley
L-R. Horace Callaby, Robert Horace Callaby,
Holloway, Mary Holloway.