Cecile Bidet, the owner of The Marlpit Arms pub, due to open later this year, planting a mulberry tree in our forest garden in memory of Mary Ann Cross who ran the Lower Farm, which included the site of Marlpit Community Garden, for twenty two years from 1854 to 1876.
Cecile, who has been researching into the history of the pub, discovered that it was originally the farmhouse. When Mary Ann’s husband, John Cross, died in 1854, she stepped in and ran the farm until her infant son, James, came of age.
“Of the 7000 farmers in Norfolk at that time only 3 per cent were women,” Cecile said. “I think planting a tree is a good way to honour her.”