History of All Saints' Church

The church consists fo a nave, a chancel with a square buttressed tower, which is offset to the south of the centre line of the nave and a north vestry against the chancel.

The church is predominently constructed of random knapped flints with limestone dressings and the roofs are covered in black smut pantiles.

There is evidence of an earlier north transept towards the east end of the nave, where a small piscina is located on the outside wall and the remains of the rood staircase steps and jamb to the doorway are visible.

The north vestry is Victorian, of knapped flints, with what appear to be cement-covered quoins and plinth.

The nave and chancel date from the fifteenth century although an earlier church probably existed on the site. This is indicated by the decorated north chancel window, the earlier tower and porch and the thirteenth century font. The small piscina on the south chancel wall and adjacent sedilia are probably of the 12th century.

The tower is late 13th century, which is indicated by the simplicity of the belfry sound openings and the intricate stonework in the silence chamber windows. The 15th century porch has the Annunciation in the spandrels to the stone archway and above teh words Gloria Tibi T.R. in the flushwork.

The south nave door stonework has a very interesting moulding of a lattice type rib springing from the shafts either side of the door and dates from the 13th century or Early English period. The hoodmould has a close stiff-leaf decoration with all the leaves turning inward.

The nave has plaster cornices on the north and south walls and a plastered ceiling and there is a Victorian wagon roof in the chancel. It is recorded that much restoration was carried out in the late 19th century and in the early 1950s.

There is a stone effigy of a knight, dating from the late thirteenth century in the corner of the nave and early 16th century brasses. The Coat of Arms belongs to Charles II.


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