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EDP Norfolk - - WALK -

The pretty thatched church of All Saints stands well north of Salhouse vil­lage, on the road to Wrox­ham. The church dates back to the 14th cen­tury but what makes it un­usual is that it ap­pears to have never been com­pleted, and the top of the tower was left un­fin­ished, giv­ing it an oddly pro­por­tioned look.

In the tower hangs a pair of bells, one cast in 1481 by Richard Brasyer, a fa­mous brass founder and gold­smith of Nor­wich. It prob­a­bly came to Salhouse from the monastery at Oxburgh when it was sup­pressed by Henry VIII. The other bell was pos­si­bly an orig­i­nal 14th cen­tury bell but was cracked and had to be re­cast in 1630.

The me­dieval core of the church was re­stored in the Vic­to­rian pe­riod, but many me­dieval fea­tures re­main. The north ar­cade is 14th cen­tury, with five bays sep­a­rated by oc­tag­o­nal piers. One ar­cade cap­i­tal is carved with small heads, the oth­ers with fo­liage dec­o­ra­tion. One of the most in­ter­est­ing fea­tures is not me­dieval at all; the stained-glass win­dows date from the Vic­to­rian restora­tion and are an ex­cel­lent ex­am­ple of late 19th cen­tury crafts­man­ship. The win­dows were in­stalled dur­ing restora­tion in 1881.

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