St Margaret's Church, Hales, Norfolk

Address: Church Lane, Hales, Norwich, Norfolk, NR14 6QL
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An astonishing little church lost in time

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.

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Road directions

12 miles south east of Norwich, east of the A146 after Loddon bypass

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Reedham (4.1 miles)

OS Reference No.

TM 384 962

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You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walk round guides we have for this church.

 

 

 

 

PDF iconNorfolk County Guide (PDF, 4.9mb)

This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches CCT cares for in Norfolk. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.

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  1. Daniel Andrews (24 May 2012, 20:06)

    I really enjoyed the visit to this church,It was more unusual than the other 3 I visited today,we parked outside the church,walked through the gate and no porch,but still a beautiful doorway,I walked through the door and saw that there was a gallery,so up I went,and what a great view I had of the interior,no pews but charming chapel chairs,I especially liked the crosses on the doorway which we almost missed,I also looked at the coffin shaped grave ,which you don't normally see in a country graveyard.

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St Margaret's Church, Hales, Norfolk

Keyholder

If the access information for this church is listed as 'Keyholder nearby', this means that the key is kept by one of our invaluable volunteer 'keyholders', who usually live just a short walk from the church and can give visitors the key; sometimes this is a nearby hotel, pub, library, art gallery or other venue. You will find instructions explaining how to get the key when you arrive at the church.

Disabled access

There is a grassy path to the north door with one small step down into church.

Facilities

Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating or running water meaning that they can be cold, and very rarely have toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor. We do apologise for any inconvenience the lack of facilities may cause.