Volunteers help reconstruct history of 13th century Norfolk church

St. Margaret's Church in Hopton, Norfolk, England burned in 1865 and was abandoned by parishoners, but with the help of volunteers and a Heritage Lottery Fund grant, the church may be restored to the community "as a medieval monument and open green space for local people."

A recent dig at the site unearthed the building's original stone footings as well as painted, medieval glass and "hugh status," glazed roof tiles. “Somebody was sponsoring this church,” said Giles Emery, of Norvic Archaeology. “It looks like there were major renovations in the 14th and the 15th centuries. Someone was paying for the upkeep and making sure the church was looked after.”

Volunteers are encouraged to work on the project and bring to experts any pottery or artifacts found on their land.