Salle, Norfolk

Coordinates: 52°46′48″N 1°07′34″E / 52.78°N 1.126°E / 52.78; 1.126
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Salle church, behind the cricket ground
Salle is located in Norfolk
Location within Norfolk
Area8.21 km2 (3.17 sq mi)
• Density6/km2 (16/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTG109248
Civil parish
  • Salle
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townNORWICH
Postcode districtNR10
Dialling code01603
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°46′48″N 1°07′34″E / 52.78°N 1.126°E / 52.78; 1.126

Salle (/ˈsɔːl/ SAWL)[1] is a small village and civil parish in the Broadland district, in the county of Norfolk, England. 1.5 miles (2.4 km) to the south is the market town of Reepham.

The name, pronounced Saul, derives from "Sallow Wood" — sallow referring to willow in Norfolk dialect.[2] It is sometimes written, now archaically, Sall. The parish was renamed from "Sall" to "Salle" on 18 October 1994.[3]

The civil parish has an area of 8.21 square kilometres (3.17 sq mi) and in 2001 had a population of 50 in 21 households.[4]

Salle is celebrated for its fine, huge late medieval church, which retains the lower part of its rood screen.

The Salle Park Estate owns much of the village and surrounding agricultural land.

St Peter and St Paul's Church[edit]

The church, which dates from the first part of the 15th century, is an exceptionally complete Perpendicular building.[5] It is huge for the size of the village – several lords of local manors, including the Boleyn family, vied with each other to fund the building of the church. There are many brasses, including to members of the Boleyn family.

The church retains some of its medieval stained glass in the east window and in the south transept south window, and there is a 15th-century pulpit. The font has a tall, extravagant Perpendicular style canopy, with a lifting crane sprung from the ringing gallery.[6]

The 130-feet tower faced with Barnack stone and flint has been described as "the most perfectly composed of all late medieval Norfolk towers", and as "one of the first of the great East Anglian towers".[7]

St Peter and St Paul's church was never collegiate, so it is peculiar that it has twenty-six 15th-century misericords. These are placed 13 on each side of the choir.


The Reepham and Salle Cricket Club have their home ground by the church in Salle.[8] The Lynton White Institute is a large grade II listed community hall located by the cricket ground, which is used by the cricket club and also for other local groups.[9]

There is a small brewery in the parish — the All Day Brewing Company.[10]


Two places, or manors, in the parish are mentioned in the Domesday BookSall and Stinton. The latter is considered a lost or deserted settlement, which was in the vicinity of what is now Salle Place.

The parish formed part of the hundred of Eynesford.

Best Kept Village competition commemorative plaque

In 1999, Salle was the winner of Norfolk's Best Kept Village competition for villages with a population of under 500 people.


1.5 miles to the north is the village of Heydon. Another adjacent parish is Wood Dalling. The parish forms part of the ward of Eynesford, which returns a councillor to Broadland District Council. There is a parish meeting rather than a parish council, due to the small population.[11]

There is a waymarked circular cycle trail along lanes around the parish and its immediate environs — the Salle Cycle Loop.[12]


  1. ^ Rossiter, Stuart, ed. (1976). Blue Guide England. Ernest Benn. p. 461.
  2. ^ History, Salle Farms Co, 2013. Retrieved 2016-11-04.
  3. ^ "Norwich Registration District". UKBMD. Retrieved 17 September 2022.
  4. ^ Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes Archived 2017-02-11 at the Wayback Machine. Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council (2001). Retrieved 20 June 2009.
  5. ^ Nikolaus Pevsner, Buildings of England, North-East Norfolk and Norwich, Penguin, 1962
  6. ^ Norfolk Churches Retrieved 22 June 2014
  7. ^ "Thames & Hudson Publishers | Essential illustrated art books | Fifty English Steeples | The Finest Medieval Parish Church Towers and Spires in England". Archived from the original on 30 October 2016. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  8. ^ Reepham and Salle Cricket Club
  9. ^ Salle Farms Co The Lynton White Institute
  10. ^ All Day Brewing Company
  11. ^ Broadland District Council Polling districts, wards and parishes (2019)
  12. ^ [1] pages 19 and 20

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