A slice of history: Cox House Café – The Orchards
The Cox family haymaking with Nell (the horse). Noel’s father Bert owned nine acres across the road from Noel’s land. The land behind the haymakers is part of Noel Cox’s strawberry patch. Part of the Cox’s land was sold in 1960 and is now part of the grounds of Glenfield College that backs onto The Orchards.
The historic Cox Farm cottage today functions as the village café
The Orchards residents Bronwyn Stephensen, Dilys Pearson and Trish Joy enjoy a cuppa at Cox House café
We love sharing the unique and interesting histories of our Metlifecare villages – from the buildings, to the gardens, to the land. Like The Orchards in Glenfield, Auckland, which was originally part of Cox Farm. The land was purchased by brothers Bertie and Harry Cox in 1910. The brothers came across the nine-acre property for sale while on a camping holiday – it had four perches of land, a two-room cottage (now the Cox House Café) and a small orchard – the village’s namesake.
The Orchards resident Lorna Keam fondly recalls how the Cox family would let Lorna and her brother walk through their property, on their way home from school in the early 1950s, and they would sit in the fields eating warm, sun-kissed strawberries.