Great Hautbois

The Victorians
Removed your roof and let in
The beautiful light.

Great Hautbois (pronounced Hobbis) lies 8 miles north-east of Norwich and sits on the River Bure just north of Coltishall.

St Theobald's Church

It is famous for its wonderful ruined church - St Theobald's - which has no roof and a picturesque graveyard.

The Domesday Book tells us that Great Hautbois and Little Hautbois were once joined. However, by 1334 Great Hautbois was small and there was an 11% reduction in its Lay Subsidy in 1449. In 1664 there were only eight inhabitants listed - a number which had risen to 162 in White's 1845 Norfolk directory. Like Little Hautbois, Great Hautbois was amalgamated with the parish of Lammas.

There was once a hospitial here - founded by Sir Peter de Alto Bosco for travellers and the poor.

Visit the churchyard in spring and see the stunning snowdrops and daffoldils. There is said to be golden treasure in the pond  by the track leading to the church.

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