Herringfleet, St Margaret's Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Norman round tower and doorway
The church is built to a very simple plan, with an aisless nave, chancel, and round west tower. The nave is thatched, but the chancel is tile-roofed. The most interesting historic features here are Norman; the 12th-century doorway leading into the nave has distinctive Norman chevron and dogtooth moulding, and the tower has round-headed lancets on the upper storey.
The interior boasts a wonderful collection of stained glass covering a huge range from the 14th to the 18th century. Some of the glass is continental, brought here from Cologne. There are several wall monuments to members of the Leathes family, especially that of John Leathes (d. 1787).
Herringfleet dates to before the Norman Conquest. It was among the estates granted to Roger Bigod by William the Conqueror. The manor later passed to Roger fitz Osbert, who founded an Augustinian priory at nearby St Olaves in 1216. St Margaret's church at Herringfleet was one of the churches granted to St Olaves to provide funds for the canons.
The church is only occasionally open (it wasn't the last time I visited!).
About Herringfleet, St Margaret's Church
Address: B1074, Herringfleet, Suffolk, England, NR32 5QT
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: On the B1074 between St Olaves and Somerleyton
Herringfleet, St Margaret's Church Photos
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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Burgh Castle Roman Fort - 4.4 miles (Roman Site)
Raveningham Hall - 4.6 miles (Garden)
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