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St Margaret's
St Margaret's Church, Cley next the Sea
Cley next the Sea church St Margaret.JPG
52°56′47″N 1°02′51″E / 52.94639°N 1.04750°E / 52.94639; 1.04750Coordinates: 52°56′47″N 1°02′51″E / 52.94639°N 1.04750°E / 52.94639; 1.04750
Location Cley next the Sea Norfolk
Country United Kingdom
Denomination Church of England
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade I listed
Parish Cley
Deanery Holt
Diocese Norwich
Province Canterbury

St Margaret's is the Anglican parish church of Cley next the Sea, Norfolk, in the deanery of Holt, the Archdeaconry of Lynn and the Diocese of Norwich. The dedication is to St Margaret of Antioch. It is the largest church in the Blakeney Haven area, with a nave to match, and dates from 1320 to 1340. Before the end of the 14th century, a large south porch was added. The north and south transepts are derelict. The style is mainly Perpendicular, with some Decorated.

It has an octagonal font, carved wooden bench ends and Decorated tracery, and a carved rood screen. St Margaret's is a nationally important building, with a Grade I listing for its exceptional architectural interest.

The church has a large number of war memorials.

White-crowned sparrow

In 2008 a white-crowned sparrow, an American bird not usually seen in the United Kingdom, was spotted in Cley. Visiting birders donated more than £6,000 to a collection for the church's restoration. To commemorate the event an image of the bird was included in a window at St Margaret's.


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