Houghton near Harpley, Saint Martin's Church.

Houghton near Harpley, Saint Martin's church, stands proudly in the park beside Houghton Hall. The 18th century re-facing of its flint walls gives the misleading impression of a completely re-built church. The south aisle was refurbished in 1502 and the north aisle window mullions could well be original late Perpendicular work of much the same date. Sir Robert Walpole had the north aisle parapet replaced with a classical cornice around 1726, when the west tower was re-constructed. inside, there are good chancel stalls with 17th century backs, box pews in the nave, and a 19th century gallery on 4 cast-iron piers. There are heraldic shields in the east windows of both the aisles and Norfolk's finest display of hatchments to the Walpole and Cholmondeley families in the nave. Square west tower, 1 bell, nave with aisles, chancel, And west porch in the base of the tower. The style is mainly early Perpendicular, much restored. The tower was rebuilt in 1740 by Sir Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford, KG., K.B. He died in 1745. There is a monument to Geoffrey Walpole, Esq., M.P., died 1726. Another to Sir Robert Walpole, died 1737. There is an old coffin lid with effigy, dated 1307, supposed to represent one of the Priors of Coxford Priory, just previous to the Dissolution.

The church may be visited free of charge whenever the Hall is open.