Our Parishes


Loddon is a small but expanding market town with a population of about 2,600. It is an attractively situated on the banks of the River Chet, within the Norfolk Broads National Park.  Loddon was, in the past, mainly an agricultural community; today, many residents commute to Norwich, Lowestoft and beyond.  Norwich - a busy and growing city - is only twenty minutes away, and the town is served by regular bus services, making Norwich very easy to access.

There are three schools in Loddon which serve a large number of villags: Loddon Infant and Nursery School; Loddon Junior School; and Hobart High School. 

Loddon has facilities for people of all ages: there are toddler groups, a nursery, and various groups, clubs and societies that reflect all tastes.  In addition, Loddon has a Post Office, Medical Practice, Dentist and many other shops and amenities.  Loddon is a tourist centre due to its location on the river; there is a staithe in the town which attracts approximately 4,000 visitors per summer, which has its own website.

Known as “The Church in Loddon”, the church has been united with the Methodists since 1976. There is a sharing agreement with the Roman Catholic church on both buildings – the Anglican church (Holy Trinity, pictured right) and the Methodist Chapel (St John's, pictured left). Services are held in Holy Trinity in the warmer months (May to November) and in St John's for the winter.


Chedgrave is an ancient village on the banks of the River Chet. When the 2001 census was taken, Chedgrave had a population of 985 in 430 households.  The village is quite compact, although there is also a large stretch of marshland near Haddiscoe which is technically part of Chedgrave church parish. On its outskirts, there are a number of small boatyards and a caravan site, which serve the Norfolk Broads holiday trade. There are also a number of small businesses, offering local employment opportunities.

Chedgrave has a useful number of shops. The local pub, the White Horse, hosts a well-attended carol service there on the Sunday before Christmas.

All Saints, Chedgrave is almost certainly Saxon in origin, according to an archeological survey carried out in 1986. The fine archways at the North and South doors are later Norman embellishments dating from about 1157 AD. The survey also revealed that the church was originally cruciform in shape. The east end extended some three metres beyond the present east window and there was a south tower or chapel. In the unusual thatched tower at the north east end of the church is a very old wall decoration, possibly dating to Norman times. The east window is unusual, having been glazed with glass from continental Europe, much of it having come from the abbey at Steinfeld in Germany.

In 1993 a two-storey extension was built onto the west end of the church, giving a flexible and useful space, including kitchen and toilet. It was dedicated on the 18th June 1993. These church rooms are used by a number of church and community groups.


Sisland is a tiny village set in peaceful Norfolk countryside 1.5 miles west of Loddon. There are about 44 people living in the parish.

The church of St Mary, Sisland is the only community building in the village, although there is a post box in the wall of one of the farm outbuildings. It serves a traditional, but very lively, parish with a core from the village of Sisland and others gathered from surrounding villages.The churchyard is a conservation area and was used as the launch for the Living Churchyard project.

The east gable at Sisland has become rather porous, and is therefore undergoing brick and stone repairs to combat the ravages of time.  We have also felled and trimmed trees that were blocking light and air.

We now know that, after the lightning strike in the late 1700s, the medieval flint structure was encased in brick, giving us today's delightful Georgian Church.

Visitors are very welcome to ‘read all about it’ on the story boards in this quiet contemplative spot.  We shall look forward to meeting you at our Sunday afternoon teas in August.

Langley with Hardley

For many years, this has been one village sharing one parish council, but with two parish churches: St Margaret’s Hardley and St Michael’s Langley.  For regular worship Hardley acts as the place of worship;  St Michael’s role has been largely as a school chapel to Langley School.

These are rural Norfolk villages on the edge of the marshes: there are no shops, and the local primary school closed some years ago. There is a village hall and a well equipped playground. There is a wide social mix of people made up of farmers, farm workers and commuters and the housing reflects. The combined population is approximately 350.




St.Margaret's, Hardley

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