Salthouse lies on the North Norfolk coast between
Cley-next-the-Sea. At one time,
salt was manufactured in the village and exported to
Europe. In fact, its name derives directly from 'house
for storing salt' - a term recorded in the Domesday
Salthouse Church from
The village church, which is situated on a hill, provides a spectacular view across the
marshes to the North Sea. Mary Mings, the daughter of
the famous admiral Sir Christopher Mings, is buried
beneath the nave.
Salthouse has always been prone to flooding - lying,
as it does, behind a low shingle bank. The worst
inundation in recent years occurred in January 1953.
Sylvia Townsend Warner (1893-1978)
The novelist Sylvia Townsend Warner (1893-1978)
rented the Great Eye Folly in Salthouse from 1950 to
1951. She lived here with her partner Valentine Ackland
and spent the time working on her last novel The
Flint Anchor (1954).
Great Eye or Randall's
Sylvia Townsend Warner
The folly - a former coastguard building - was
originally built by Onesiphorous Randall in the 19th
Century but was seriously damaged by the great floods of
1953. It stood on the beach in an exposed and windswept
location. Nothing remains of it today.
She describes her first impressions of the folly in a
letter to Alyse Gregory - written in 1950: