By 1922 letters and parcels are now collected and delivered by motor mail.
Even on the farms the tractor was beginning to make an appearance. Geoffrey Rolfe recalled working as boy on Mr. Stanton’s farm and being responsible for looking after a horse. He remembered there were about 16 horses on the farm that did the work but that gradually tractors and trailers took over. George Stanton stated that they used two or three horses for ploughing but by the beginning of WW2 they had one or two tractors and in 1942 the first combine harvester was bought.
The Arrival of the motor Garage
It is easy to see the increase in motorised traffic here and it is in Kelly’s Directory of 1925 that we read the following entries.
Eric Hyner & Co. Ltd., motor and cycle engineers, motor repairer, agent and dealers, cars for hire. The Sandringham Garage TN 10 [TN = Telephone Number)
John Twait, Motor Engineer TN 13
Hyner’s garage was on the left as you enter Dersingham from Lynn. In the 1950s it is recorded as Heath Garage run by Charlie Whisker. There is still a motor dealer there today but the petrol pumps which were still in place when I came to the village have long gone.
John Thomas Twaite was born in 1856 and in some entries his name is recorded as Twite but after 1871 it is more usually Twaite. As has already been stated he is first recorded as a cycle dealer but later until almost 1935 he is listed as a motor engineer. Twaite’s garage stood at the corner of Lynn Road and Post Office Road thus giving the area its name. Twaite’s Corner. You will find more about Twaite's in our Business Section.
A little further on you read, "If you are a motorist you should consult Eric Hyner & Co. Ltd. The Sandringham Garage. This firm have experienced mechanics to attend to all repairs and up to date cars for hire. Haulage work of any kind and every description is undertaken at most reasonable rates." The publication date of the article is uncertain but would seem to be just after WW2.
Later Red Pumps garage in Chapel Road was established and Life Wood Filling Station on the Main Road was always busy most days; I remember it as the BP station. Both garages are still in the motor trade but now there are no petrol stations operating in the village.
Sidney Mitchell recalls that the first car in the village was owned by Mr. Parker the grocer, "I had the job of cleaning the car on a Saturday for a shilling. It was a Morris Cowley with a dickey seat at the back. It had to be washed and polished. It had a brass radiator, brass handles and all had to be polished.” One of the earlier cars in the village is seen in the photograph below.