Services coming to the village
Milkman – Dairy Crest
Dustbinman – Broadland District Council empty bins on Thursdays
Coalman – David Pert on 01603 279399. Usually delivers on Saturdays
Post – postboxes at The Old Stores, Oulton Street and by the Old Forge. Telephone kiosks – as for postboxes
The Library van now only visits once a month, on Thursdays at 10.00am and parks outside Morgan’s House in The Street. The next visit is Thursday October 6th, 2011.
The fishman comes every Wednesday morning to The Street and would probably come and visit you if you live in another part of the parish. Phone 01502 563482
The wholefood man comes on Wednesday afternoons. He comes out from Norwich bringing your order from a vast range of wholefood dry goods including olive oil, etc. Phone Huw Dillon on 10603 401140 and he will bring you his price list.
Itteringham Shop and Post Office (Post Office Monday and Thursday mornings only) have a good selection of cheese, bread and cakes, etc.; also some wine.
There is also a shop and Post Office in Corpusty which stocks the basics and also sells newspapers, including Sunday newspapers.
There is a Barclays Bank, Lloyds/TSB and Setanta in Aylsham. In Holt there are the same plus a NatWest.
Oulton Congregational Chapel
A delightful example of an early non-conformist chapel near Aylsham is open to visitors on the second Sunday of every month from April to October.
As was common in the 17th century, the Oulton congregation of non-conformists met at a local house. But at the beginning of the 18th century, when a more relaxed attitude allowed chapels to be built, Oulton Congregational Chapel was started.
The Chapel was opened in 1731 having taken seven years to build. The first pastor, Abraham Coveney, married one of the granddaughters of Lt. General Charles Fleetwood, son-in-law to Oliver Cromwell. The Chapel went out of use in the 1960s and its condition subsequently deteriorated. In 1989 the Norfolk Historic Buildings Trust acquired the Chapel together with the Manse (built in 1784) and coachhouse. Between 1989 and 1991 the Trust undertook a major programme of restoration using traditional building and decoration materials and techniques with the help of grants from Norfolk County Council and Broadland District Council. Recently a similar programme was carried out on the Manse and the Manse is now tenanted.
The Chapel is a Grade II* listed building of red brick with double curved gable ends looking from the outside just like a house. Inside are original panelling and galleries (with original box pews) on three sides supported on slender columns. Outside a few of the marker stones remain from the old grave yard.
A small orchard to the west of the Chapel can be used as a picnic area. The Chapel may be booked for weddings, meetings and concerts. Occasional services are held.
The Chapel is looked after on a day to day basis by the Friends of Oulton Chapel who also organise the opening days. If you would like to be involved or would like more information, please contact Mrs. Rogers on 01263 584177.. For bookings please contact the Norfolk Historic Buildings Trust, 9 The Old Church, St Matthew’s Road, Norwich NR1 1SB, telephone 01603 629048.