Don’t look for Wittering Church in the popular church books: you will be wasting your time. If ever a church’s merits went unrecognised then that church is Wittering. We only discovered it through “A Guide to Anglo-Saxon Sites” by Nigel and Mary Kerr, just as we discovered Barton-le-Street St Michael’s Church through their similarly-named book about Norman sites. For some years the benefice was not filled but now, thankfully it is and you can borrow the enormous church key from the nice people in the nearby Post Office.
You may have heard of Wittering. Just south of Stamford on the A1, Wittering is famous for its RAF base and until December 2010 was the “Home of the Harrier”. It is a town dominated by the airfield and its ugly housing estates: but sitting there on its edge, unknown even to many people in the area, is its largely Saxon parish church! The rector, David Maylor told me that they found a plague pit near the church when some work was being done. It seems likely that the villagers moved further away and left the church on the periphery of the village.
The church is essentially a two-cell Saxon core with a Norman arcade leading to a north aisle and chapel. Its tower is late c13/early c14..
The real gem is the enormous and imposing Saxon chancel arch. It still looks incredibly fresh. It also looks far too big for the church, even allowing for the lofty structures favoured by Saxon church builders