In Norfolk and, to a lesser extent in Suffolk. round towered churches are not great rarities. Outside these two quarry-poor counties they are very rare indeed. I think I would be right in saying that no mediaeval parish church was built with a round tower after the Norman period so it is no surprise that this church is itself essentially Norman. It is very late Norman, however, as attested by the very unusual south doorway. It has a pointed arch, yet has very typical Norman chevron decoration and Norman capitals. Indeed, it could be used as a exemplar of a doorway that mixes elements of both Norman and early Gothic styles as opposed to the concurrent Transitional style which was a distinctive mixture of the two. Pevsner believed that the doorway originally had a round arch but was modified in the thirteenth century. If so, it was very well executed and compares well with the bodged similar jobs that occur so frequently elsewhere.
We can tell that the chancel was also Norman because we can see the outlines of a double Norman window at the east end. On the north side, however, it has three Early English lancet windows and the nave has a north door from the same period. We know then that there were modifications quite soon after the church’s building and this was probably when the south door was modified.
There is, unusually, no chancel arch so the church is essentially a single