Record Details

NHER Number:6238
Type of record:Building
Name:St Nicholas' Church, Salthouse


This church is a handsome example of late Perpendicular style, having been rebuilt by Sir Henry Heydon in the late 15th century. The west tower is from the earlier church, traces of which can be seen to the north, and has bell openings. The rest consists of a clerestoreyed nave and chancel in one with north and south aisles and a leaded roof, and north and south porches. The interior is full of light, with tall and narrow aisles windows and an enormous east window. Most of the tiled floor is original. The splendidly preserved 15th century carved octagonal font has evangelist and passion symbols on its faces and smiling lions at the angles. The remains of a repositioned screen have painted saints, and on their rear, graffiti of ships, which can also be seen on the choir stalls. In the graveyard outside, which has interesting gravestones, a ruined chapel was excavated in the 1930s.


  • St Nicholas' Church, Salthouse  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service


Grid Reference:TG 0761 4366
Map Sheet:TG04SE

Full description

Foundations of earliest church seem to lie under churchyard to north. Oldest part of present structure seems to be 14th century base of tower though there is a round-headed arch from church to sacristy and a re-used window of about 1300. Main body of church, on a usual plan with internal chancel and tall windows, dates from the 1480s to 1510. Good wood work with graffiti of ships; font; part of stone coffin memorial; original tiled floors. In churchyard, ruined chapel excavated in 1930s which produced pottery, tiles and metal work. Good gravestones in yard. Deposits of floor and roofing tiles found in churchyard.
Church is listed Grade I, chapel Grade II. (S1)
See detailed report (S2), press cuttings (S3) to (S5), correspondence (S6), photographs (S7) and pamphlet (S8) in file.
E. Rose (NLA), 6 November 2000.

This is one of the sixty five Norfolk churches selected for (S9).
D. Gurney (NLA), 17 February 2006.

Monument Types

  • CHAPEL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CHURCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • LEAD FURNACE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CHURCH (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • Xtile pavement (Undated)
  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FLOOR TILE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FONT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • INSCRIBED OBJECT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PISCINA (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • ROOD SCREEN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • ROOF TILE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • STAINED GLASS (WINDOW) (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • COIN (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • TILE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • TOKEN (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • VESSEL (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building
  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Article in Serial: Linnell, C. L. S. 1941. Some Notes on the Ruin in Salthouse Churchyard. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XXVII Pt III pp 345-350.
---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1994. TG0743/F - h, J - N, p - U, W - AA; TG0843/H.
---Publication: Fiddian, V. (ed). 2003. Salthouse. The story of a Norfolk Village.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N. & Wilson, B. 1997. Norfolk 1: Norwich and North-East. The Buildings of England.
---Unpublished Document: 1818. Excursions through Norfolk.. 2.
---Monograph: Mortlock, D. & Roberts, C.. 1981. The Popular Guide to Norfolk Churches.. No 1.
---Leaflet: Saint Nicholas' Church, Salthouse..
---Article in Serial: Eden, P. 1980. Salthouse Church. Archaeological Journal. Vol 137 pp 347-348.
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Scheduling Record: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England.
<S2>Unpublished Document: Rose, E.. 2000. Building Report..
<S3>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1976. Salthouse Under Siege. 1 May.
<S4>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1998. Photograph of St Nicholas' Church. 9 June.
<S5>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1998. Photograph of St Nicholas' Church. 15 September.
<S6>Correspondence: Various.
<S7>Photograph: Rose, E.. 2001. TWV 3 - 15.
<S8>Publication: Linnell, C.L.S.. 1953. Salthouse Church.
<S9>Monograph: Jenkins, S.. 2000. England's Thousand Best Churches..

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MNO2780Related to: Ruins of chapel in NW corner of ch-yd of Church of St. Nicholas SALTHOUSE (Revoked)

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