St Margaret's Church, Hales, Norfolk

Church Lane, Norwich, Norfolk, NR14 6QL
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Open daily 10am to 4pm
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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 twelfth-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.