Tixover Church is a little gem, charmingly but awkwardly located some 3/4 mile from the village at the end of a long farm track. Given its remoteness, this is a church that is rarely unlocked so you need to borrow the massive key. Nowadays it hangs on a hook outside a house near the farm and, engagingly, there is now a conspicuous signpost showing where to find it!
Tixover has an early c12 tower. The nave and chancel are early c13, replacing the c12 structures. Although the Norman provenance of the tower is obvious, the rectangular windows of the nave, aisles and chancel look for all the world to be Tudor. Yet they are believed to be c13, a very unusual configuration indeed. This is reinforced by the fact that there are no signs of alterations in the surrounding masonry. In fact, these windows are best thought of as Early English lancet windows with square rather than pointed tops. Either the master mason was well ahead of his time or he found it easier to build rectangular windows! Only slightly less surprisingly, the “battlements” that surmount the church tower are also believed to be contemporary.
There is a good Norman arch between nave and tower with three orders. Intriguingly, both capitals and bases have quite different mouldings. Maybe the masons had a difference of opinion and decided to decorate half each...? There is string course above the arch and then a crude door opening nestled beneath the very obvious original roofline. Nobody seems to have hazarded a