All Saints Church
The church here dates back to c.1100. The Chancel arch, original west door and the narrow round headed windows are all ‘typically early Norman’ containing tufa (a 'soft' stone much favoured by the Romans). C.1200, an altar to ‘Our Lady’ (i.e. the Virgin Mary) was set up where the pulpit is now. Tall (pointed) glazed window with seat at the bottom for the priest to sit on and a piscine (font) were erected at the same time. The altar went during the Reformation (in the mid-C16th) because of its Catholic overtones. The church still has a copy of the 1611 authorised version of the bible. A cross made of bronze, brass and wood, was saved by the priest (during the Reformation) by burying it – it was hidden so well that it was not discovered for another 300 years. The cross now resides in the British Museum, but there is a painting of it in chancel.
The tower was added in 1523 at a cost of £5. The bottom half of the present tower is original, but the top part of the tower dates to 1841. A vestry was added in 1875 and at the same time the church made a number of alterations to the 'fixtures and fittings' - putting in new stalls, pews, a pulpit, an organ tiled floors, stained glass windows in the Norman chancel and a south porch (amongst other things). The total cost was £1,500. The church has three bells - two date from 1640, one form 1655 (which was re-hung in 1887).