St Mary’s, HappisburghOpen daily 9.30am to 4pm.
Stand in the churchyard and listen to the sound of the waves rolling in. St Mary’s Church is set on high ground between the village and the sea. The approach from Walcott offers a dramatic view. The seamark tower is 110 ft high, second only in height to Cromer. This explains why it was bombed in World War Two. The west window is vast. The church dates from the 15th Century and underwent an extensive restoration in the 19th Century. The mound in the churchyard is in fact the mass grave of 119 crew members who died when the HMS Invincible sank off the coast here in 1801. The ship was on its way to join Admiral Lord Nelson’s fleet.
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