The Rose and Crown pub in Harpley
Harpley is a small village between Norwich and Fakenham. The village dates to the time of Domesday Book, if not earlier, and the name probably refers to salt-panning (from the 'salt-harp', a filter used in salt manufacture in medieval times). Northwest of the village are remains of Bronze Age round barrows. and a Neolithic long barrow stands on Harpley Common.

St Lawrence Church

The historic church of St Lawrence boasts a lovely angel roof, with a restored 14th century rood screen and lovely carved wooden pews from 1638. Perhaps the most impressive feature is the beautifully carved south door, decorated with a panoply of figures of saints, Tudor roses, the Four Latin Doctors, crockets, and religious symbols within an arrangement of decorative niches. The effect is simply stunning.

The church itself is primarily 13th century, and has an excellent example of 14th century stained glass in the east window of the south aisle. One curiosity is that several French nobles are buried in the churchyard. They settled here after escaping rom the French Revolution.

William Herrings Almshouses

At first glance this attractive set of almshouses on Nethergate Street looks like a Jacobean foundation. Looks can be deceptive, for the almshouses were built in 1850 of English red brick, dressed with black brick and stone, under a slate roof. The style has been described as 'High Victorian Jacobean', which is a pretty good description.

The village pub is the Rose and Crown, which dates to at least the middle of the 18th century. A list of landlords starts in 1800 but the pub almost certainly was in existence before then. Other historic buildings in and around Harpley include Manor Farm, built in the 16th century. Just north of Harpley is the stately home of Houghton Hall and the long distance footpath known as the Peddars Way runs just west of the village. The Peddars Way runs directly through a cluster of Bronze Age barrows.