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Salhouse village is spread over an area covering four miles east to west and two and half miles north to south having been formed from three separate hamlets. This has created two areas of the village separated by rural countryside in which the railway station is situated in the westerly part whereas most of the dwellings and amenities are in the eastern part. The church is located some half a mile north of the village centre on the road towards Wroxham. Of particular note is Salhouse Broad with its natural wildlife sanctity providing both a leisure facility as well as a wildlife environment.
A number of community groups and clubs provide interest and leisure facilities to children and adults alike for which further information can be found on this site.
Being only 6 miles from the centre of Norwich it is a convenient location for residing in the countryside whilst working in the city or other local urban areas. There are a number of small businesses operating from the village as well as the agricultural sector providing some local employment.
The village is served by local services that include a Post Office & Shop, Church, Primary School, Village Hall, Sports field facility and two Public Houses. Public bus transport operates from the village to Norwich and Wroxham and the railway station is located on the 'Bittern' line which runs between Norwich and Cromer on the North Norfolk Coast.
Salhouse Broad, located within the Norfolk Broads National Park, is accessed from
the eastern side of the village and is one of our major attractions. It provides
a tranquil area of rural conservation in which the wildlife and natural habitat are
A ‘Broad’ is an area of ancient peat diggings since flooded by the rivers to create an expanse of shallow water.
Salhouse Broad is managed by the local landowner through a conservation group called “Friends of Salhouse Broad”. The objectives of this group are to encourage and promote leisure at the Broad whilst at the same time protect and conserve this unique environmental habitat for future generations.
There is a network of country footpaths to explore the area, within which there is a 14th century thatched Church, a number of Grade II listed buildings, two public houses, bed & breakfast establishments plus hotel accommodation. A 4½ mile walk around Salhouse can be found on leaflet Walk No 10 in the Broadland and Norfolk Council “Out and About Broadland” series.
When using the footpaths always remember to obey the countryside code.
The village is also located within 2 miles of Wroxham which is a principal leisure and boating centre on the Norfolk Broads.
All Saints Church, on the north side of the village, is the oldest building in Salhouse, dating back to the 14th century, although it is believed that its foundations may date from Norman times. It is characterised by its Norfolk reed thatched roof and flint walls. Detailed information can be found under 'Church History' on this website.
The War Memorial in memory of those who died in the first and second world wars can be found outside the church.
Salhouse Church is a joint benefice with nearby Rackheath and weekly services are held at Salhouse each Sunday at 9.30am.
A Baptist Chapel is situated in Chapel Loke, off Lower Street and holds services every Sunday.
Farming and Agricultural activities are a major aspect of daily life in Salhouse and lay at the heart of the character of the village by creating an ever changing background as the crops rotate through the seasons. The land is primarily a sandy loam soil and given over to arable farming of mainly malting barley with sugar beet and potatoes grown as a rotational break. The barley is supplied to local Maltings and the sugar beet harvested over the winter months for processing at a nearby refinery.
Salhouse Parish Council manages and oversees village issues through its appointed Councillors and open meetings. Its policy is one of openness and communication with the villagers.
The village has a magazine called “Salhouse Saga” that is independently edited and distributed free of charge to all Salhouse residents three times per year.
Salhouse Jubilee Hall, situated in Lower Street, is the centre for most community group activities as well as many of the village events.
Creation of the Jubilee Hall was achieved after several years of campaigning and the formation of a dedicated project committee, “Salhouse 2000”, to manage the fund raising programme. It was opened in October 2002 by Louise Priest, a popular local presenter on BBC Radio Norfolk, replacing the old prefabricated building previously located in Mill Rd. It was built on the site of the old village school, originating in 1844, and by utilising the original shell of the old school building has retained the style and character, much to the delight of the ex pupils once taught there.
Salhouse Primary School is a Voluntary Controlled School providing early education for 4 - 11 year olds. Located in Cheyney Avenue, it was opened in 1976 and currently has some 250 children in attendance. Pupils then either go on to the state comprehensives of Broadland High School in Hoveton or Thorpe St Andrew School in Thorpe (Norwich), or alternatively to fee paying schools in the area. Visit the school web site on www.salhouse.norfolk.sch.uk
A group called “Friends of Salhouse School” (FOSS) is set up as a registered charity to undertake fund raising activities for boosting school funds in order to provide extra benefits for the recreation and education of the children.
Pre-school children are able to attend a Playgroup facility run at the Jubilee Hall which also includes a Mini-Playgroup section.
There are two Public Houses in Salhouse, The Bell Inn located in Lower St in the centre of the village and The Lodge in Vicarage Rd on the northern edge towards Wroxham.
The Lodge is a country house style of Pub and small hotel with a large dining and function facility whereas The Bell Inn is an original “olde world” local style of village pub serving bar food and with a small restaurant.
A Sports and Playing Field is located in Thieves Lane that is used as a general recreation area for the children and for use by the village based Salhouse Rovers Football Club for training and inter-league matches.
….Our shops and services
As with all villages The Post Office and Local Store are a key feature to village life. Located in Lower Street this has been in existence since 1929, until 2002 under the same family, providing Post Office services as well as general groceries and newspapers. Dry cleaning, laundry repairs and shoe repairs are also collected and returned through an externally provided service.
Salhouse Railway Station is situated on the ‘Bittern Line’ running via the scenic Norfolk countryside from Norwich to Cromer and Sheringham on the north Norfolk coast. This carries commuters and in the summer time and is also regularly used by summer visitors .This line is undergoing a revival through government plans for improving such stations and lines through the Community Rail Partnership programme. A local coordinator has been appointed to run the ‘Adopt a Station’ initiative under which the station is being revitalised and promoted through community awareness programmes A bus service operates in conjunction with the railway in Norwich to provide transportation between the railway station and the city centre.
For further Information about the ‘Adopt a Station’ initiative see the Community Groups page on this site.
Road Transportation links are improving and the expansion of the network of Park & Ride facilities around Norwich has greatly improved city access The closest such Park & Ride facility is sited only 3 miles away at Sprowston on the A1151 on the northeast fringe of the City.
Bus Services operate on a regular basis to and from the village to the City of Norwich as well as to Wroxham/Hoveton.
Norwich International Airport is approximately 6 miles from Salhouse with scheduled services to Scotland and to Amsterdam for connections worldwide. An increasing number of charter flight services also operate to a variety of European holiday destinations.
....Other local amenities which serve our village….
Medical Services are available, 3 miles away, at Hoveton & Wroxham Medical Centre in Hoveton. In addition to offering an excellent medical facility it also provides a weekly surgery as well as a monthly Baby Clinic at the Jubilee Hall in Salhouse.
Visitor accommodation is available in the village at The Lodge Hotel.
A Mobile Library service operated by Norfolk County Council visits Salhouse on a fortnightly basis calling at various locations within the village.
Norwich offers the usual full range of stores, leisure and entertainment to be expected in any major city. However, a good range of general stores located in nearby Wroxham/Hoveton also provides convenient out of town shopping with good parking facilities.