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North Elmham Chapel

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North Elmham, England
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Notable for its place in history

This was formerly a Saxon cathedral and an important site in English Saxon/Norman history. We went... read more

Reviewed 13 November 2017
Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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Good, short visit if you're in the area.

Unless you are really into medieval ruins this is a place to visit if you are in the area... read more

Reviewed 11 September 2017
Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
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North Elmham, England
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Reviewed 13 November 2017 via mobile

This was formerly a Saxon cathedral and an important site in English Saxon/Norman history. We went very early on a sun-drenched November morning when the golden leaves on the trees added to the atmosphere of the place. I think the boards need updating but were...More

Thank SwordMaiden
Reviewed 11 September 2017

Unless you are really into medieval ruins this is a place to visit if you are in the area. Fortunately there are informative notices placed around the site. This was a major religious site over 1,000 years ago.

Thank AlandeWalden
Reviewed 20 June 2017

An English Heritage site without entry fee, and I would have been annoyed to have been charged. It's impressive how strongly the chapel was built, and therefore how much remains to illustrate the layout, but it is just a collection of low walls when all...More

Thank Clare L
Reviewed 19 June 2017 via mobile

A very interesting little piece of history tucked away in the corner of North Elmham. Well worth a look as you're passing by.

Thank George H
Reviewed 27 May 2017 via mobile

Although well signposted, it is easy to pass these ruins by, as they are not visible from the road. The remaining walls are part of the chapel that was added to to make it a defensible chapel/house. This makes looking at the ruins interesting, as...More

Thank Clivel_98
Reviewed 11 November 2016

Before Norwich there was Thetford; and before Thetford there was North Elmham. Around the turn of the first millennium the head of the church in East Anglia was based here. These impressive ruins tucked away in a pretty village are a superb diversion from the...More

Thank CFDGS707
Reviewed 29 August 2016

Sometimes described as a Saxon cathedral, the stone ruins which can be seen now are the private chapel of the 12th century Bishop Losinga, which were later converted into a castle. They are well interpreted with a number of sign boards around the site. They...More

1  Thank Jeff1903
Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

Amazing ruins. Good atmosphere , well looked after , associated with Bishop Losinga who built Norwich Cathedral also the warrior Crusader Bishop Dispenser

Thank Ailish C
Reviewed 22 July 2016

I was staying just down the road at The Kings Head and noticed the sign so decided to investigate. I'm pleased I did. Its not a place to travel many miles to see, as just a small site and only ruins, but it has plenty...More

Thank carol g
Reviewed 28 February 2016

Interesting ruins Cathedral in Anglo Saxon times to Bishop Losinga before Norwich Cath built , great view across R Wensum Valley , good small car park

Thank Ailish C
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