A charming little church in a lovely setting surrounded by woodland near the village green.
The lych-gate was paid for by Margaret Hazard in memory of her father George Lewis Allsopp a long serving vicar here - and of her husband
The churchyard was a delight to wander round, parts of it are left for the wildlife to enjoy and the rest is beautifully mown. I have the feeling that the village people really appreciate their church and do their best to present it as attractively as possible.
Sadly the fabric of the church is deteriorating badly with the outside rendering peeling away from the walls, and the interior of the church is succumbing to rising damp. I fear whatever little foundations there are to this 1000 year old church are now unstable, with most of the C19 pews at an angle leaning toward the outer walls of the nave
The beautiful unglazed floor tiles in the chancel are now severely discoloured due to the pervading damp
Even the C15 font has not escaped it’s clutches
All the interior walls of the church are whitewashed over, completely covering original medieval wall paintings. Sadly the rising damp is noticeable in various places on these walls too.
The C19 pulpit and lectern like the pews are fashioned in a very plain design, which is in keeping with the sparseness of this little church.
The boarded chancel ceiling is painted blue and adorned all over with gilded stars
A really nice Royal Arms of Queen Anne dated 1704 hangs on the tower wall at the West end of the church
Not noticeable from the inside of the church but very clear from the outside is a blocked up medieval North door which now has a C19 trefoil window in it’s place
Walking round the outside of the church I noticed the early C14 East window still retains it's headstops - albeit now badly weathered.
..and on a nearby window jamb is a well defined scratch dial
The priest's door in the chancel south wall has a fanciful cusped arch - I feel this must have been added on a whim by the Victorians
I left here with a feeling of sadness on the condition of the fabric of the church but also with hope that enough money can be raised to arrest it's deterioration.
.. I'm sure even the many roosting birds would appreciate that..>>