For this church:
The church consists of chancel with a chapel to the south, clerestoried nave, north and south aisles, north and south porches and a west tower. Pevsner's comment is 'everything embattled, which always shows late medieval activity'. The church was restored by Charles Hodgson Fowler in 1872-3.
The Perpendicular three-bay north and south arcades have chamfered cruciform piers with moulded octagonal bases and capitals
There are several examples of graffiti in the church. They possibly date to the 17th century.
Medieval Cross Slabs
(1) The west window. Incised design, round-leaf bracelet cross and shaft. Late 12th or early 13th century.
(2) The south window. Incised design, cross shaft and the lower terminal of the cross head, probably a fleur-de-lys. 12th/13th century?
Descriptions and drawing of the cross slabs courtesy of Peter Ryder.
Timbers and roofs
Bellframe is oak: Elphick 'V', Pickford Group 6.B, dated on frame head R L 1891, by Robert Lee of Averham.
Scheduled for preservation Grade 3.
Excavations and potential for survival of below-ground archaeology
No known archaeological excavations have been undertaken.
The fabric dates principally from the C14th to the C18th with major restorations in 1844 and 1872-3. A pre-C14th north chancel side wall may exist and there has clearly been a chapel on the north side for which there is exterior archaeological evidence in the standing fabric. The tower is C15-16th. The Lexington chapel was added onto the south side of the chancel in the early C18th. There are two medieval cross slabs reused in the lintels of the tower 1st floor chamber. The tower roof has an exceptional quantity and quality of engraved plumbers' marks.
The churchyard is rectangular in shape with the church positioned centrally; there are burials on all sides. There was a former chapel on the north side of the chancel and remote sensing has revealed a possible small, rectangular building to the south of the chancel.
The overall potential for the survival of below-ground archaeology in the churchyard is considered to be HIGH-VERY HIGH comprising medieval construction evidence, adjoining buildings, burials, and landscaping. Below the present interior floors of the church it is considered to be HIGH-VERY HIGH comprising medieval-C19th stratigraphy with post-medieval burials; there is a known Lexington vault. The archaeology of the upstanding fabric throughout, with the exception of the Lexington chapel, is medieval and its archaeological potential is HIGH-VERY HIGH.
Exterior:Burial numbers expected to be average.
Interior: Stratigraphy under the entire building, except for the Lexington chapel, is likely to be medieval with later layers and restoration evidence. In the body of the church the stratigraphy is likely to be punctuated by medieval and post-medieval burials.