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The church building has, quite naturally been added to and altered over the centuries. The oldest part is to the north of the nave which as the thickest wall. This has been dated to the 12th century. The font and the north door in the chancel are probably from the same period although both have been altered and repaired. Unusually, the nave is wider than the chancel, the extra width is on the sought side and there could quite probably have been a south aisle at some stage. The east window with three pointed lights in a two-centred head is a typical 13th century design. In the south wall of the chancel is a piscina with a drain and a credence - a stone shelf for the elements before they have been consecrated.

The roof of both the chancel and the nave consists of 14th century rafters, single framed with ‘scissor' bracing and wall plates. The south porch was added in the 17th century. All the stained glass was put in during various restorations in the 19th century. The west wall was rebuilt during the same period when the original small wooden tower was removed and replaced by the present bellcote. The gallery at the back of the church was also removed.

In the churchyard, near the south wall, are several chest tombs which are grade 11 listed. These tombs may have been copies of the medieval tombs found inside churches to support recumbent effigies. They became popular during the 18th century and continued until the ornate monuments and crosses of the next century took over.

The grounds immediately adjacent to the church display several features characteristic of an old country churchyard which has evolved over the course of several centuries. The churchyard completely surrounds the building, but is most spacious on the south and south-east, having been thrice extended in the 20th century.


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