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St Margaret’s Church Hales

An astonishing little church lost in time.


This little church in open countryside is an almost perfect Norman building with a round tower, semicircular apse and thatched roof. The north and south doorways are magnificently carved, and there is fine Norman stonework inside.

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 12th-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.