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Houghton Saint Giles is a village within the civil parish of Barsham which is in the English county of Norfolk.[1] It has also been referred to as Houghton-le-Dale or Houghton-in-the-Hole. This village is one of four settlements that are within the parish of Barsham;.the other villages are West Barsham, East Barsham and North Barsham. Originally all four villages had their own parishes, but these were merged to create a single civil parish in 1935. For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of North Norfolk. Houghton Saint Giles is 4.2 miles north of the town of Fakenham, 21.2 miles west of Cromer and 118 miles north of London. The nearest railway station is at Sheringham for the Bittern Line which runs between Sheringham, Cromer and Norwich. The nearest airport is Norwich International Airport.

Houghton Saint Giles
Saint Giles Church, Houghton St Giles.jpg
The parish church of Saint Giles, Houghton Saint Giles
Houghton Saint Giles is located in Norfolk
Houghton Saint Giles
Houghton Saint Giles
Location within Norfolk
Population224 (parish, 2001 census)
OS grid referenceTF9235
• London118
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townFakenham
Postcode districtNR 21
Dialling code01328
AmbulanceEast of England
EU ParliamentEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°53′07″N 0°51′28″E / 52.885360°N 0.857714°E / 52.885360; 0.857714Coordinates: 52°53′07″N 0°51′28″E / 52.885360°N 0.857714°E / 52.885360; 0.857714

In the parish is the Slipper Chapel. Built in 1340, it was the last chapel on the pilgrim route to Walsingham.

The Parish ChurchEdit

The parish church of Saint Giles was rebuilt by William Eden Nesfield in 1877 and much of the building materials for the new church were re-cycled from an older church on the site. At the western end of the church there is a low tower with a pyramid cap. The nave and the chancel are under one tiled roof.[2]


  1. ^ OS Explorer Map 24 - Norfolk Coast Central. ISBN 0-319-21726-4.
  2. ^ The Buildings of England, Norfolk 1, Norwich and North-east, by Nikolaus Pevsner and Bill Wilson, Church Description. ISBN 0-300-09607-0