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Saint Margaret Parish Church, Saxlingham.jpg
St Margaret's Church, Saxlingham
Saxlingham is located in Norfolk
Location within Norfolk
Population273 (parish, 2001 census)
• London126 miles (203 km)
Civil parish
  • Field Dalling
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townHOLT
Postcode districtNR25
Dialling code01328
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
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 located in the civil parish of Field Dalling in the English county of Norfolk.[1] It lies 13.1 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.

Transport and governance[edit]

The nearest railway station is at Sheringham, on the Bittern Line, which provides trains about once an hour between Sheringham, Cromer and Norwich.[2] The nearest air services 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.


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

Saxlingham is mentioned in the 1086 Domesday Book,[3] under the names ‘Saxelinghham' and 'Saxelingaham'. The main tenant of the manor at that time was Bishop William Peter de Valognes.

Historic buildings[edit]

The Parish Church of Saint Margaret was constructed mainly in the 15th century.[4] It was extensively restored by a benefactor, Sir Alfred Jodrell, in 1896, giving it an appearance of far more recent construction.

Inside the church is a font dating 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.[4]

To the east of the church stands the once ruined Heydon Hall, built in 1581–1584 and home of Sir John Heydon II before he decamped to Baconsthorpe Castle. It is Grade I listed and its gardens Grade II* listed on the National Heritage List for England.[5][6] The house was recently restored and renamed and is now a private residence.

Saxlingham Rectory (early 19th century) and Saxlingham House (formerly Nethergate End, 16th–17th century) are Grade II listed.[7][8]


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey (2002). OS Explorer Map 251 - Norfolk Coast Central. ISBN 0-319-21887-2.
  2. ^ [1] Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  3. ^ The Domesday Book, Englands Heritage, Then and Now, Editor: Thomas Hinde,Norfolk page 193 ISBN 1-85833-440-3
  4. ^ a b Arthur Mee: The King's England, Norfolk, p. 269 ISBN 0-340-15061-0
  5. ^ Historic England, "Heydon Hall (1372695)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 23 December 2016
  6. ^ Historic England, "Heydon Hall (1000187)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 23 December 2016
  7. ^ [2]
  8. ^ [3]

External links[edit]

Media related to Saxlingham at Wikimedia Commons