Hopton St Margarets Ruined Church

Hopton Ruined Church is a grade II* listed building on the English Heritage at risk register, the building is a 13th century medieval church destroyed by fire in 1865.

St Margaret’s Church in Coast Road (also known as Hopton Ruined Church) burned down in 1865 and was replaced by the existing church of the same name, on Lowestoft Road. The crumbling grade II*-listed ruin appears on the English Heritage buildings at risk register and is surrounded by a security fence because it has been declared a dangerous structure.

The ruin is at the centre of the village and acts as a visual marker and physical connection with the village origins and heritage. The flint, brick and stone structure is increasingly fragile and at risk of erosion and loss and has reached a tipping point of accelerated deterioration and without intervention will be lost.

The Parish Council concerned about its condition and fearful of its loss purchased the ruin from the Church of England in 2009. Great Yarmouth Preservation are working in partnership with the Parish Council and have successful bid for funding and will deliver a project to repair and consolidate the structure and to provide training and engagement activities.


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Since April 2014 VOLUNTEER trainees have started work on this unique two year project in Hopton-on-Sea, to conserve this fragile medieval church as a safe ruin.  

The GYPTrust has been offering hands on training in surveying, recording and conservation work with supervision from Franziska Callaghan formerly a conservation officer with North Norfolk District Council and Historic Buildings Consultant; Rachel Harrison who was one of the trainees on the trusts nationally-acclaimed Cemeteries Project; also the GYPTrusts' Ian Hardy and Darren Barker.

The project is on going and is yet to offer more extensive community involvement in 2015 with a village history project and a further three days heritage open days.

See details of our activities and planned events listed below:-

We are always looking for any new volunteers to help us with the consolidation work using traditonal building techniques.  No previous experience is necessary as all training is given on site.   If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or are interested in taking part in any of our planned activities then please get in touch.  You can also find up to date news on Facebook and Twitter: Great Yarmouth PT.

Contact details: Rachel Harrison :- rachelh4291@yahoo.co.uk     phone:-  GYPT Office  01493 846195

Press Release July 2015
Surveying and Recording
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Volunteers were given on site formal training in surveying and recording methods to carry out measured surveys and recordings from which technical drawings of the site could be recorded. Led by Ian Hardy, trained Architect and Conservation Officer at Great Yarmouth Borough Council and supported by Project Manager, Franziska Callaghan and Project Co-ordinator, Rachel Harrison. Click for more information

Conservation Training
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Conservation Training continues in 2015. Volunteers are given on site training in the use of lime mortar to carry out repairs. Professional conservators and Stonemasons will be on hand to guide the volunteers through the consolidation process. Click for more information

Archaeological Dig
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Led by Giles Emery from Norvic Archaeology a community archaeology dig took place allowing volunteers come and take part in discovering the ruins original footprint and locating the Sayers Tomb steps and vault. Click for more information

Hopton Village History Project
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A project to record and document Hopton-on-Seas past, through volunteer research. Many thanks to Dean and the Team at the White Hart Pub for accommodating our meetings. Click for more information

Tower Works
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Works to the Tower started with a structural survey carried out February 2014. A year on and the work has been through the tender process and the contract awarded to Medieval Masonry Ltd. We look forward to having them on site and seeing the Tower works progress. Click for more information

Traditional Building Skills
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Flintknapping with John Lord during our Heritage Open Days Event Click for more information

Heritage Open Days
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Hopton Ruined Church (Old St. Margarets) will be open for three days for the Heritage Open Days 2015. We will have different events on each day along with which we will have displays about the project and church and an exhibition of work from the Hopton Village History Group. Volunteers will be on hand for questions. You may also see a few Medieval locals roaming around .... Click for more information

Other Events
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Other events and activities connected to the project: Sunday 19th July 2015 - Hopton Village Fete and Carnival Wednesday 29th July 2015 - Exhibiting at the Time and Tide Museum, Great Yarmouth Sunday 30th August 2015 - Medieval Fayre - Hopton-on-Sea, on the School Field. Friday 11th, Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th September - Heritage Open Days Click for more information

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