Rampton All Saints

Archaeology

Exterior

Tower Niche in tower
South porch South door

The church consists of west tower, nave, north and south aisles, south porch, and chancel. 

The slim west tower dates from the early 13th century and is of two stages with bands and course of ballflower running under the 14th century battlements. Above the west door is an arched 3-light late 14th century window with panel tracery, cusping, moulded surround, hood mould and worn beast label stops, flanked by single corbels. Above the window is an arched and cusped niche with a moulded arched surround with finial.

North door with
plaque above
Exterior of the
chancel looking
north-west

The north wall has a chamfered arched doorway with wooden door and hood mould, over which is an oval plaque to 'Jacobus Twist,' dated either 1609 or 1699.

The chancel lacks the moulded plinth band and is mainly of coursed rubble. The north wall contains two blocked windows. The east chancel window has 14th century panel tracery and hood mould. The south chancel has a central chamfered arched doorway with wooden door, flanked by single 16th century windows.

The south porch is 14th century and is diagonally buttressed. There is a sundial above the hood mould of the pointed arched entrance. The inner doorway dates from the early 13th century and the hood mould is terminated by two 15th century regal head stops. The panelled door is 17th century.

Interior

North arcade
looking north-east
South arcade
looking south-west

The north aisle arcade consists of three bays and is late 13th century. The westernmost pier, however, is square, partly chamfered, and dates from the 10th century.

The four-bay south aisle arcade is 15th century and has octagonal columns with moulded capitals supporting double chamfered arches.

To the south of the chancel arch is a squint or hagioscope (to enable the priest to see the high altar).

Medieval cross slabs

Cross slab
drawings by
Peter Ryder

A pair of cross slab floor stones are set in the chancel floor, (1) one against the north wall and (2) against the south, both having one edge hidden by heating pipes.

(1) Cross head completely gone, but remainder of design quite clear; cross shaft rising from base with steps and swept top, with a vertical pair of shields, quite worn, on each side of the shaft. Black letter inscription in marginal label,

(2) Better-preserved stone; broad straight-armed cross with double-line outline, rising from stepped base with three crude fleur-de-lys type terminals and a moulded ring at the head of the shaft, with Sacred Monogram at heads centre; black-letter inscription in marginal label.