All Saints’ Church

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This is an attractive small church set on the high ground above the village. There is little information about the church on the internet and nothing in the church. It is one of the many Norman churches to survive in the area with Norman doorway, font and chancel arch.

There has been a building here since Norman times and the south door, font and chancel arch survive from then. The north aisle was added in the C15th and the church was sympathetically restored in the early C20th when the short, squat west tower was rebuilt and a south porch added. The nave roof was replaced although the C15th bosses were kept.

Above the north door is a date stone “ROBERT ROPPER JOHN STEVENSON 1686” but there is no information who he was or why it is here.

The more impressive entrance is the Norman south door with its spirally carved pillars with carved capitals with saltire crosses. There is a lovely carving of the Paschal lamb set under chevron carvings. Set in the walls of the porch are fragments of old carved stones of unknown date.

Inside it is a simple church with an arcade of C15th octagonal pillars with pointed arches separating nave and north aisle. At the end of the north aisle is a small altar with piscina and squint giving a view of the high altar.

At the back of the north aisle is an effigy of a priest wearing sacramental robes.

At the back of the nave is a lovely Norman tub font with ‘wheat ear’ carving round the top and diamond shaped lozenges round the bowl.

The pulpit is C20th and has nicely carved panels.

The low round Norman arch is set above pillars with carved capitals. The saltire cross design continues here.

The chancel ceiling is painted deep maroon and deep blue above the altar. This is a simple altar set beneath the stained glass east window.

The church is open daily and we parked in the large layby on the north side of the church with the sign saying ‘reserved for Vicar’. There is level access into the church. Choose a bright sunny day to see the church at its best.

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