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    Norfolk Tourist Information / Historical / Cathedrals & Churches

    Salle Church
    Salle church is reputed to be the last resting place of the unfortunate Anne Boleyn, the former wife of Henry VIII. After being found guilty of adultery and incest with her brother George Boleyn, then Viscount Rochford, and her subsequent execution on Tower Hill, legend has it that Anne's body was buried in a nameless grave under the cover of darkness.

    Reputed to be the largest and loveliest parish church in Norfolk, it is somewhat of a paradox that it be located in one of the county's smallest villages. Wealth derived from the wool of sheep, who once grazed the heaths and water meadows of Salle, provided for the construction of the magnificent building early in the 15th century.

    The church incorporates the arms of Henry V which dates the building to between 1405 and 1420. Inside there is a seven sacrament font from 1437 and a 15th century timber beamed roof. Brasses from the same period can be found, dedicated to the churches' patrons, including Geoffrey Boleyn and his wife (1440). The Boleyns or Bullens lived in the village as early as 1318, only coming to prominence later when they acquired Blickling Hall.

    The tiny village of Salle (pronounced saul) lies on the top of the watershed between the Bure and Wensum rivers just to the north of Reepham and Cawston. The name is said to originate from the Old English Salh Leah meaning a sallow wood. Salle was named as Salla in the Domesday Book.

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