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Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Cley, St Margaret, Norfolk

Cley, St Margaret's Church, North Norfolk
Cley from Wiveton
Cley Nave
Misericords
Clerestory windows
This is a fine church on the edge of Cley, an attractive village on the North Norfolk coast.  Back in medieval times this was largest church in the Glaven Valley.   At one time, St Margaret's looked down over the harbour but this harbour is now long gone replaced by fields. Inside, the church is light and airy. It has a large nave with clerestory windows. Two transcepts stick out to the north and south. The south transcept has no roof or window glass.
Bench ends

Jackdaw in buttercups
A nice touch in the churchyard was an uncut patch of grass that was a sea of buttercups
when we visited in mid-May 2015. When we were there there were plenty of house martins around and a jackdaw decided to come down into the buttercup patch. 

The church is set back from the Holt Road and overlooks the village green.  It commands fine views from the porch. There are good views of the church from nearby Wiveton churchyard.

We ate nearby at The Three Swallows pub which is perhaps 150m from the church. There was a decent lunchtime menu and service was fine. Helpings were large. Rather too much for me. Maybe smaller helpings and a lower price for some items?

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