Wolterton lies 4 miles north-west of Aylsham and is famous for its 18th-century hall.

St Margaret's Church Tower

The estate was purchased in 1725 by the first Baron Walpole. The original hall burnt down and was rebuilt by Horatio Walpole (the second Baron). Walpole employed the Yorkshire-born architect Thomas Ripley and work began on the red-brick house in 1727. The interior featured state rooms containing Gobelins tapestries and the parkland was landscaped including  a lake and an avenue of oak and beech trees.

However, the remaining inhabitants of the village of Wolterton - who were based in an area just to the north of St Margaret's church - were removed as part of the redesign. Their settlement was located around a rectangular green and today there is still a visible hollow way. Field walkers and metal detectorists have discovered medieval and post-medieval pottery, coins and metalwork on the site. (A full record of the finds can be found on the Norfolk Heritage Explorer site.) It is also likely that Horatio Walpole removed much of the stone work from the church - leaving only the tower standing.

The village of Wolterton was always a small community. It was recorded in the Domesday Book but Lay Subsidy records for 1332 and 1334 indicate that it was well below average in size. Later on, the parish was incorporated with Wickmere. Since the demise of St Margaret's church, the Walpole family members were interred in a vault at St Andrew's Chrrch, Wickmere.

Whites Directory of 1845 records that Wolterton only had 43 inhabitants.

Today there is access to the church tower and to the grounds of the hall - for the cost of a car parking fee. 
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