Saxlingham

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Saxlingham
Saint Margaret Parish Church, Saxlingham.jpg
St Margaret's Church, Saxlingham
Saxlingham is located in Norfolk
Saxlingham
Saxlingham
Location within Norfolk
• London126 miles (203 km)
Civil parish
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townHOLT
Postcode districtNR25
Dialling code01328
PoliceNorfolk
FireNorfolk
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Norfolk
52°54′55″N 1°00′45″E / 52.91522°N 1.01254°E / 52.91522; 1.01254Coordinates: 52°54′55″N 1°00′45″E / 52.91522°N 1.01254°E / 52.91522; 1.01254

Saxlingham is a village and former civil parish, now in the parish of Field Dalling, in the North Norfolk district, in the county of Norfolk, England.[1] It lies 13 miles (21 km) west of Cromer, 26 miles (42 km) north-west of Norwich, 3.6 miles (5.8 km) west of the town of Holt and 126 miles (203 km) north-east of London. In 1931 the parish had a population of 122.[2]

Transport and governance[edit]

The nearest railway station is at Sheringham on the Bittern Line, which provides hourly trains between Sheringham, Cromer and Norwich.[3] The nearest flights are at Norwich International Airport.

The village lies in North Norfolk district. For Westminster elections, it is in the constituency of North Norfolk, currently represented by Duncan Baker, a Conservative.

History[edit]

The village name means "homestead or village of Seaxel's or Seaxhelm's people".[4]

Saxlingham appears in the 1086 Domesday Book,[5] under the names Saxelinghham and Saxelingaham. The main tenant of the manor at the time was Bishop William Peter de Valognes.

On 1 April 1935 the parish was abolished and merged with Field Dalling.[6]

Historic buildings[edit]

The Parish Church of Saint Margaret was built mainly in the 15th century.[7] It was extensively restored by a benefactor, Sir Alfred Jodrell, in 1896, giving it an appearance of more recent construction. Inside is a font from the 15th century and an ironbound chest of the same period. In a niche is an alabaster figure of an Elizabethan lady kneeling on a tasselled cushion, the daughter of Sir Christopher Heydon.[7]

To the east of the church stands the once ruined Heydon Hall, built in 1581–1584 as home to Sir John Heydon II before he moved to Baconsthorpe Castle. It is Grade I listed and its gardens Grade II* listed on the National Heritage List for England.[8][9] The house was recently restored and renamed and is now a private residence.

Saxlingham Rectory (early 19th century) and Saxlingham House (once Nethergate End, 16th–17th century) are Grade II listed.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ordnance Survey (2002). OS Explorer Map 251 - Norfolk Coast Central. ISBN 0-319-21887-2.
  2. ^ "Population statistics Saxlingham CP/AP through time". A Vision of Britain through Time. Retrieved 17 September 2022.
  3. ^ "Train timetable" (PDF). www.greateranglia.co.uk. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  4. ^ "Key to English Place-names".
  5. ^ The Domesday Book, Englands Heritage, Then and Now, Editor: Thomas Hinde, Norfolk p. 193 ISBN 1-85833-440-3
  6. ^ "Relationships and changes Saxlingham CP/AP through time". A Vision of Britain through Time. Retrieved 17 September 2022.
  7. ^ a b Arthur Mee: The King's England, Norfolk, p. 269 ISBN 0-340-15061-0
  8. ^ Historic England, "Heydon Hall (1372695)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 23 December 2016
  9. ^ Historic England, "Heydon Hall (1000187)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 23 December 2016
  10. ^ Historic England [1] and [2]

External links[edit]

Media related to Saxlingham at Wikimedia Commons