History of St Margaret's Church

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St Margaret’s is central to Hardwick village. The church is largely accepted to be Norman, but has some Saxon features. Its round tower partially fell in 1770. The porch has an attractive brick and flint chequer pattern. A large wall painting of St Christopher dates from the C14th. Rising from a window sill is an old rood loft stairway.

Hardwick Church from path

St Margaret's collapsed tower (© David Ferre)                                                                                                      Norman doorway                                                                               

             The former rood loft stairway


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Every year a group of pilgrims Stops of at Harwick on the Essex Leg of the

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Student Cross pilgrimage (from Colchester) to Walsingham for Good Friday.



(Images of the Norman doorway and the rood loft stairway are © Simon Knott, www.norfolkchurches.co.uk)


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