There is no distinctive feature which would
enable the date of the Church to be fixed with certainty. The
Nave is possibly of the 13th Century, whilst the Chancel was
probably rebuilt in the l6th.Century.
The Chancel is set, out of the centre, some feet to the south to
make room, probably either for the usual procession-way round the
Church, which otherwise would have been very narrow, or for some
kind of walk or cloister leading round to the old Nun's Hospital.
There are also grounds for believing that a Vestry once stood to
the north of the Chancel.
A new Bell-Turret and Bell-Frame, in oak, were constructed in
1934. There are five Bells, three ancient bearing the respective
inscriptions "I.B. E.M. T.N. l629", "God be our
guyd R.B. 1595" and "In God is my hope, 1532",
while two of recent date are inscribed "1934 I ring to the
Glory of God in memory of a child".
The late Norman Font is of Purbeck stone and has arcading in low
relief; a second Font in alabaster was a gift.
The Pulpit and Sounding Board are beautiful examples of early l6th
Century work: on the latter may be seen, carved "R.S. I.H.",
probably the initials of the Churchwardens of the time.
The pre-Reformation Altar slab which bears its five consecration
crosses and formerly lay in the sanctuary pavement was restored
to its original place and use in 1921 and dedicated "To the
greater Glory of God and in memory of many now within the veil".
The former Jacobean Communion Table stands near the Font.
In 1926 the Chancel Screen was given - one of an earlier date
having disappeared except for some traceries now worked into the
The two Pictures to be seen on the East wall of the Sanctuary are
of St. Nicholas and St. Michael. There are also an "Ecce
Homo", and a copy of Raphael's "Madonna della sedia".
A Chest bears the initials "R.B. C.W." onthe front, and
the date 1770 is incised on the back.
There is a trace of fresco in the moulding of the hagioscope in
the Manorial pew*
The north Door was bricked up in l821.
The remarkable Choir and Sanctuary Seats came originally from an
Italian monastery an^ with the richly carved Altar-piece and the
two Sanctuary Chairs, were presented in 1923.
Outside, an ancient Sundial over the south doorway in the Chancel
should be noticed.