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Church:Hales St. Margaret's Church


St Margaret's church, exterior

St Margaret's church, exterior

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St Margaret’s, with its round tower and thatched roof, is a church from another time, standing in an isolated setting, as if still in its 12th-century Norman world.

The magnificent carved doorway with bands of richly carved patterns zigzags, stars and rosettes over the arch is breathtaking; there is another similar doorway, though less richly carved, in the south wall.

Inside the church is simple and rustic. Medieval faces painted on the walls peer out from across the centuries – look for St Christopher carrying Christ and St James, holding his pilgrim’s staff, with a delicate band of twining foliage.

The 500-year-old font is carved with angels, lions and roses – and there are memorials in the brick floor.

Children welcome

Opening details

Open daily.


Church Lane,
NR14 6QL


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Map reference: TM 380964  Lat: 52.51390 Long: 1.50649

By Road:
12m SE of Norwich and on E side of A146. Travelling from Norwich on A146 towards Beccles, take next left after junction with B1136 up narrow lane. For public transport timetables and information call 0871 200 2233 or visit


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