Norfolk: Salthouse


William White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk 1883

[Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

SALTHOUSE is a scattered village, on an acclivity above the salt marshes, half a mile from the beach, and 4 miles N. of Holt, and its parish is in Erpingham union, Holt county court district, hundred, and petty sessional division, Norwich bankruptcy district, Holt polling district of North Norfolk, Norwich archdeaconry, and Holt rural deanery. The rateable value is £1418 5s., and the gross rental £1592 19s. 9d.

The parish had 207 inhabitants in 1881, and comprises 1614 acres of land, about 55 acres of which formed a tract of swampy marshes frequented by wild fowl, till 1851, when it was drained, embanked, and converted into grazing land; but some of the embankments were swept away by the sea in 1860, and have not since been replaced. The parish belongs mostly to Mr. Randall, lord of the manor and patron of the living, and to Mr. Wm. Purdy and Mrs. Johnson.

The CHURCH (St. Nicholas) is a fine structure, built by Sir Henry Heydon in the reign of Henry VII., and comprises nave with aisles and clerestory, north and south porches, chancel, and square tower with one bell. The font bears the evangelistic symbols, and in the chancel are sedilia and a piscina. There is another piscina in the south aisle. Some of the old open seats, with poppies, still remain. A window in the chancel was filled with stained glass in 1878, at a cost of £20.

The discharged rectory is consolidated with Kelling, and the Rev. J.W. Flavell, B.A., is the rector, and resides there; he has here 1½ acre of glebe, and a yearly tithe rent-charge of £220.

This parish was united with the Weybourne, Salthouse, and Kelling School Board in June 1875; the school is situated in Kelling parish, where the children attend.

At the enclosure in 1781, the poor received three allotments, comprising 349A. 3R. 6P., for fuel and pasturage. One of these, containing 121A. 3R. 35P., was part of Kelling Common.

A friendly society was established here in 1791, and has 150 members.

POST from Holt, viâ East Dereham. Wall Letter-Box cleared at 3.5 p.m.

         Brown    James                vict. Dun Cow Inn
         Flavell  Rev. John Webb, B.A. rector; h Kelling Rectory
         Hancock  Samuel               baker
         Jarvis   John Dewing          miller
         Johnson  Mrs Sarah Ann        Manor house
         Lewis    Henry                grocer, draper, assist. overseer,
                                         parish clerk, sec. to Salthouse
                                         Friendly Society, and clerk to
                                         School Board
         Page     Frank                farmer and surveyor, The Cottage
         Pane     John                 blacksmith
         Pigott   Gabriel              marshman
         Pigott   Richard              gardener
         Pigott   Robert               cowkeeper
         Purdy    William              farmer & landowner
         Spence   William              wheelwright

See also the Salthouse parish page.

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January 2009