Great Yarmouth Preservation Society

Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust (GYPT) works to preserve historic properties and sites for community and wider use. The Pilgrim Trust offered a small grant towards the cost of a volunteer project to conserve a grade 11* listed ruined church in the village of Hopton, Norfolk. The project was also supported by Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic England, the local parish and borough councils.


Great Yarmouth Preservation Society worked with the Parish Council to repair and consolidate the ruined church in Hopton. The project offered a local group of volunteers training in traditional building techniques. GYPT has a core in-house team to undertake project management and delivery including an architect, surveyor, conservation officer and finance officer. The trust has developed a network of highly skilled conservators and craftspeople including masons, blacksmiths and carpenters who have valuable experience working with teams of trainees and volunteers on other conservation projects.

Volunteers were recruited with the help of the Jobcentre plus and the Princes Trust. The training was intensive, as much of the work on site was carried out by the 20 trainees although the training programme included some class based learning. Residents from Hopton village were encouraged to get involved either with one of the two community archaeological digs or a local history project. Nearly all of the work on the structure and landscape has been completed and the public will be allowed access to this beautiful ruin once the site is considered safe for public use


Images with kind permission of Great Yarmouth Preservation Society