Daglingworth Church has an Anglo-Saxon core. That is not to say that it is unchanged – it has acquired a west tower, south door and north aisle – but a lot the masonry is intact. There is plenty of “long and short work” in evidence to prove it.
The nave is mainly late Anglo-Saxon; probably post-AD1000. The north aisle of 1850, of course, replaced the original north wall. The arcade is faux Norman with simple scalloped capitals. Faux it may be, but it is in keeping with the style and age of the church. A more serious loss was the what was a surely unique Anglo-Saxon cross-wall and arch that spanned the nave, level with the first bay of the arcade. From this arch as far as the west wall was a loft where a priest lived. He had a little altar in this space. In 1845, sadly, the cross wall was demolished and the loft removed. The altar table is now located in the north chancel wall as a “credence table”: a side table used in the ritual of the Eucharist.
The original simple Anglo-Saxon chancel arch leads through to a chancel that was altered in 1850. The south porch and west tower were both added in the fifteenth century. Intriguingly, the outer door is itself Anglo-Saxon, probably having been removed from the west end when the tower and a tower arch were added. The inner door is also Anglo-Saxon and in its original position with an Anglo-Saxon sundial above it. The porch itself has a sundial to