A few notes provided by Katy Styles - GtGtGranddaughter of Ernest Neville - after visiting Feltwell with her Grandfather Deryck Neville.
Great, Great Grandfather, Ernest James Neville lived in Feltwell and had a butchers shop on the site currently occupied by the Spar from 1896. (Click here). In 1924 the business went bust and was sold to Harry Doy. Roundabout 1915 he left his home at the shop and moved to Beck House with his wife Catherine Louisa and there five children where he also had farmland. During the 1920's farming was not very lucrative and the agricultural business collapsed. Ernest farmed the land and kept on the butchers shop. Poverty, we think, was rife between the villagers and with the collapse of farming and his generosity with the meat from his shop to those who probably could hardly afford it, contributed to his downfall, hence forcing him to sell the shop in 1924? Ernest was a Parish Councillor from 1898-1926.
Cricket has been an important part of my Grandfather's life and now I learn that it was just as important to his Father and his Grandfather. George Neville, one of Ernest's five children, (1897-1971) scored his first 100 for Feltwell in 1911 when he was 14 against Didlington and whilst at Thetford Grammar School the school became the only school ever to win the Norfolk Junior Cup in 1913 and in 1922 he led Feltwell to Junior Cup success. George's younger brother, Aubrey Neville (1901-1975?) also played for Feltwell and is pictured here in a football team.
George Neville retired back to Feltwell in approximately 1947 where he lived at Oak Cottage. George's interest in cricket remained and my Grandfather was interested to read Alan Whitehand's 'Memories of Cricket'. George Neville is mentioned in this account and in particular the 'George Neville Cup' which remains in the club's possession today. My Grandfather can recall the incident at Rising Lodge, where he was for a good number of years Farm Manager, when Frank Edwards dented Robert Schofield's brand new Humber car with an enormous hit!
George Neville died in 1971 and has a Bible in St Mary's Church dedicated to his memory.