Man and a van Coltishall NR12

Coltishall is a village (population 2001 – 1,405[2]) on the River Bure, west of Wroxham, in the English county of Norfolk,[3] within the Norfolk Broads. The population at the 2011 Census had increased to 1,503.


Coltishall was a place of note even when the Domesday Book was compiled. In 1231 the village was made a free town by King Henry III.

A complete history of the village and rectory up until the 1730s was compiled by Robert Parr, the then Rector.[4]

For 250 years Coltishall was a centre of the malting industry. Many Norfolk wherries (trading ships) were built here.

Between 1779 and 1912, it was possible to navigate the River Bure all the way to Aylsham, but now the limit of navigation for powered craft is just south of Coltishall.[5]

The nearby RAF Coltishall played an important role during World War II, and afterwards, but was finally closed in December 2006. The site is now home to HMP Bure.

Horstead watermill on the Coltishall-Horstead river border was one of the most photographed mills in the county until it burned down in 1963.