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Hopton Saint Margaret Church NR31 9AH


Hopton Saint Margaret Church, (Ruin) There is a modern church here, but the old church, which was burnt down, has its walls and tower standing and the 14th century east window shows typical tracery and is flanked on each side with canopied niches. The Church was built between 1189 and 1250. It caught fire in 1865 and was left to perish over the years.  The Parish Council purchased the Ruin from The Church of England Commissioners in 2008 for £1. 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.

Hopton Saint Margaret Church, Postcode: NR31 9AH