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Historical Event, Sat 9 - Sun 10 Sep 2017, free entry

St. Margaret's Ruins

St. Margaret's Ruins


There has been a church on the site at Coast Road Hopton-on-Sea since 1087. There aren’t many records but it’s thought that St. Margaret’s church was built between 1189 and 1250. It was a small church, with the north aisle added some 100 years later. The Norfolk Records Office in Norwich holds Baptism, Burial and Marriage Records dating from 1673.

A fire broke out in the church on Sunday 8 January 1865 when the stove became overheated and the building was all but demolished. The church was replaced by the existing church, also called St. Margaret’s, on the Lowestoft Road in Hopton-on-Sea.

The old churchyard was officially closed in 1966 and only parts of the walls and tower remain today. Grave stones were re-sited and the area was left to grass over. Due to health and safety concerns, Great Yarmouth Borough Council erected a security fence around the ruins.
Much work was carried out by volunteer groups both inside the Ruins and in the gardens over the past ten or more years, removing debris, dead trees and brambles.

In 2008 the Ruin was purchased by the Parish Council from the Church of England for £1. Thanks to Heritage Lottery Funding, local fundraising, sponsorship and the efforts of volunteers, specialists and others, the Ruins is now stable and secure for future generations to enjoy. It is a Grade 11* listed building set in peaceful gardens. The project involved Heritage Lottery Funding, English Heritage, the Pilgrim Trust, the Parish Council, Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust and many others. A new bench and plaque, thanking all those involved in the Project, was unveiled by the Lord Bishop and Mayor of Great Yarmouth at a recent official opening ceremony.

The Heritage Open Days will be taking place at the Ruins on 9 and 10 September 2017. A history tent showing old photos and drawings will provide background information and a new book “Hopton-on-Sea Exploring the Past” will be on-sale. Refreshments can also be purchased on both days.

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs accepted

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 9 - Sun 10 Sep 2017 10:00 to 15:00
Some ground may be uneven and difficult for wheelchair users.


Free entry

Events at this Venue

date event
Sat 9 - Sun 10 Sep Heritage Open Days


Julie McNair

01502 730768


Coast Road,
Hopton on Sea,
NR30 2QE



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Map reference: TG 523074  Lat: 52.60587 Long: 1.72613


  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted