Egleton Church reminds me of some mongrel dogs: ugly, all mixed up, no pedigree and yet with an utterly endearing character and a heart of gold.
You wouldn’t give Egleton Church a second glance. Its perpendicular south windows are too big - especially the one in the south wall which is bigger than the east window! The porch looks like it’s just been tacked on. The north aisle has been removed and the arcade has simply been infilled making it look like a house conversion that the owner couldn’t be bothered to finish. The roof is almost flat. To cap it all, the tower is of surpassing ugliness, constructed of what looks like (to quote Diana) a load of old breeze blocks!
The church is believed to date from around 1200. Much of the nave and certainly the chancel arch date from around then. Likewise the square font. In c14 the porch, the tower and a north aisle were added, a clerestory being added above the north arcade. The chancel is believed to have been rebuilt in c15, but we don’t know what stood there before. It is unclear when the aisle was removed, but the large and ugly buttress on that side as well as the general state of the chhurch gives us a clue that its removal may have owed something to structural instability.
Amongst this architectural disaster area, however are a Romanesque south door of rare exuberance and an attractive Norman chancel arch. It is the south door that gives us the difficulty for it has many characteristics that lead many observers, including both humble beginners like myself and legendary experts