"SALTHOUSE, a scattered village, on an acclivity above the salt marshes, half a mile from the beach, and 4 miles N. of Holt, has in its parish 263 souls, and 832 acres of land, . . . The principal landowners are Mrs. Johnson, Wm. Purdy, and Mrs. M.A. Girdlestone. The latter is lady of the manor, and patroness of the Church (St. Nicholas,) which has a lofty tower, and was built by Sir Henry Heydon, in the reign of Henry VII. The living is a discharged rectory, consolidated with Kelling." [William White History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


See also Salhouse.



Salthouse Church and Churchyard
Inscriptions recorded by Walton N. Dew, as part of "The Monumental Inscriptions in the Hundred of Holt" (Walter Rye). See Thornage for the full list of parishes.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Holt, in the archdeaconry of Norwich.
  • The parish church is dedicated to St Nicholas.

Church History

Church of St Nicholas
Description, history and pictures.
Church of St Nicholas
Description and pictures.
Church of St Nicholas
Services, location, etc.
Church of St Nicholas
Picture of the church.
Linnell, Charles Lawrence Scruton
St Nicholas, Salthouse (with list of rectors).
[North Walsham, 1991]
Linnell, Charles Lawrence Scruton
Some notes on the ruin in Salthouse churchyard.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, in "Norfolk Archaeology", vol.27, 1941]

Church Records

Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms, Marriages and Burials.
These are not included in Boyd's Marriage Index or Phillimore's Marriage Registers.
Friends of Salthouse Church
The Salthouse buried records, 1538-1713.
The conservation of the buried parish registers.
[Friends of Salthouse Church, CD, 2006]
Churchwardens' Accounts
Churchwardens' Rates
Principal property occupiers and the amounts paid.
1742, 1762, 1782, and 1782-1784.
Churchwardens' Payments, or Disbursements
Payments for church repairs, communion bread and wine, etc.
1721-1749, and 1750-1782.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Church Records


Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1930 (and for the censuses from 1851 to 1901), Salthouse was in Erpingham Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Salthouse History
Description, history, churches, school, memories, maps, family history, pictures, etc.
There is a lot of information here. Several links from this Genuki Norfolk page are direct links into relevant pages on this site.
Salthouse Parish Council
Councillors, meetings, minutes, etc.
Description and pictures.
Buttercup Joe
The 1953 floods at Cley, Salthouse and Blakeney.
[Buttercup Publishing, 1992]
Brooks, Peter F.
Salthouse: Village of character and history.
[ISBN 0946148066, North Walsham, Poppyland Publishing, 1984]
Salthouse Post Mill
Description and map.
Salthouse Smock Mill
Description, history and pictures.
Salthouse Tower Mill
Description, history and pictures.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Salthouse which are provided by:




Historical Geography

Salthouse is in Holt hundred.

You can see the administrative areas in which Salthouse has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



Fiddian, Val (editor)
Salthouse, the story of a Norfolk village.
Based on an unpublished manuscript by Francis Noel Stagg, and updated and continued to 2003.
[ISBN 0954354702, Salthouse History Group, 2003]
Stagg, Francis Noel
History of the parish of Salthouse in the county of Norfolk.
[Typescript, 1934]

Land & Property

See Kelling
Land Tax
Principal property owners and occupiers, and the amounts paid.
1767, and 1801-1802.


Parish outline and location.
See Parish Map for Erpingham Registration District, 1836
and nearby places.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG076438 (Lat/Lon: 52.951379, 1.089104), Salthouse which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law



These figures are from the population tables which were produced after the 10-yearly national censuses. The "Families" heading includes families and single occupiers.

Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1801 48 53 201
1811 51 51 199
1821 54 58 281
1831 57 57 262
1841 59 -- 266
1851 60 -- 322
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 63 -- 268
1871 56 58 215
1881 57 60 207
1891 59 59 215
1901 53 53 217
1911 -- 56 246

There may be more people living in detached parts of the parish (if there were any) and, if so, the number may or may not be included in the figures above. It is quite difficult to be sure from the population tables.

1851 Census
"About 60 persons dwelling in Salthouse, and about 120 in Cley-next-the-Sea were only temporarily in those Parishes, in consequence of the works of the Salthouse Inclosure and Embankment in progress."
1861 Census
"The decrease of population in the parishes of Weybourne, Salthouse, and Cley-next-the-Sea is attributed to the fact that the return for 1851 included a large number of labourers who were engaged in embanking a tract of marsh land."