The Village of Elsing in Norfolk

Elsing Norfolk Holidays

A visitors guide to the the tiny scattered rural Norfolk village of Elsing in the Wensum Valley. Named after a Danish chieftain “Elesa” whose image appears on the village sign together with his hunting hound.

Elsing Hall built in 1470 is a half timbered house complete with moat opens its ten acre gardens to the public by prior arrangement only. 

The house was once home to the Hastings gamily who were remained staunch Catholics during Henry VIIIs time and their home was used as a hiding place for priests.

During recent works there was found in the moat a ring which bore the inscription 'forget me not'.  Unfortunately nothing is known of the origins of this ring, but it was believed to date from around the time of Tudor England. 

The village of Elsing has a 15th Century Norfolk country pub/inn The Mermaid serving real ales ‘direct from the cask’ and home cooked food.

For retail therapy then there is nearby East Dereham with its wide range of shops, golf course and swimming pool.

Dereham has many historical figures associated with it including: a saint; a famous poet; an enthusiastic burner of Protestants; the man responsible for publishing the historic Paston Letters and a 19th century linguist and traveller.

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