Record Details

NHER Number:30485
Type of record:Monument
Name:Salle Park


A mid 18th century landscape park and 20th century topiary garden surrounding Salle House. In 2004 students from UEA conducted an earthwork survey of the fenced northern area of the park which found evidence for a raised carriage-drive, building platform, possible parish boundary, pre-emparkment field boundaries, dewponds, small riverine channels, large extraction pits and a number of tree throws.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 11622 24828
Map Sheet:TG12SW

Full description

Historic Parkland Grade II.
Park in existence before 18th century; expanded after road closures and contracted in early 19th century.
Entrances altered in 19th century; one cuts through avenue from west. Great decrease in size and woodland in late 19th century.
Vistas north and south over lawns. Ha-ha to north, terrace to south, 20th century topiary garden with yew avenue. Complex pre-1760 formal layout survived in part into 19th century, when it disappeared together with northwest avenue.
Information from (S1) and Norfolk County Council Inventory of Parks.
E. Rose (NLA), 14 March 1994.

See report on park (S2) in file.
D. Gurney, 17 July 2000.

13 July 1993. NAU air photography.
Parchmarks of garden features visible on the front lawn. To the southeast of the house is a large circular feature which again appears to relate to the gardens/park.
S. Massey (NLA), 8 February 2001.

2 June 1995.
(S4) photograph of fountain stolen from Salle Park. Sent by Sir John White.
A. Yardy (HES), 23 September 2011.

June 2004. Earthwork survey.
An area of fenced-off land in the northern portion of Salle Park was surveyed by undergraduate students from UEA, which contained earthworks of a raised-drive running from the gate in the north-east corner of the field to the gate in the south-west corner. A building platform with grassed-over walls was found to the north-west of the site and a linear earthwork ran north to south along the eastern edge of the field possibly marking the course of the parish boundary. Several stretches of pre-emparkment field boundary survived as earthworks, as did a number of dewponds and small riverine channels. Much of the site was covered with tree-throws, suggesting that the field had once been lightly wooded.
See (S3).
S. Howard (NLA), 4 August 2010

Monument Types

  • BUILDING PLATFORM (Unknown date)
  • DEWPOND (Unknown date)
  • DRIVE (Unknown date)
  • EXTRACTIVE PIT (Unknown date)
  • PALAEOCHANNEL (Unknown date)
  • PARISH BOUNDARY? (Unknown date)
  • FIELD BOUNDARY (Medieval - 1066 AD? to 1539 AD)
  • HA HA (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • LANDSCAPE PARK (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • TOPIARY GARDEN (Early 20th Century to 21st Century - 1901 AD to 2100 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Registered Park or Garden
  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TG1124 T-V.
---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1993. TG 1124AA - AE.
---Unpublished Document: Norfolk County Council. [unknown]. Inventory of Historic Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in Norfolk..
---Article in Serial: Country Life. 2009. How to run a model walled garden. March 18.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Designation: English Heritage. Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England..
<S2>Unpublished Report: Nightingale, M. 2001. Salle Park, Norfolk. A representative gentleman's residence of the eighteenth century with a consideration of the relict landscapes preserved within the park.
<S3>Unpublished Document: Hoggett, R.. 2004. Landscape III summaries for the Norfolk Historic Environment Record.
<S4>Photograph: Sir J. White. Fountain, Salle Park. Print, b&w.

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