They look too large for the arch and almost as if they have been brought here from somewhere else. One might have expected them to adorn much more ornate late Norman doorways such as at Kilpeck and Iffley On the exterior of a church so well-mannered and lacking in drama they are something of a surprise. There is a blocked doorway on the south side of the church. This also have a Transitional look about it but the reconfigured masonry and, above all, the massive stone blocks on either side of it make me wonder if this church is all that it seems. So too the rubble masonry courses around the base of this church.
The two western lancet windows also look Transitional with their lancet shapes but deep splays. Other windows seem to be simple Decorated period work from perhaps the late c13. The chancel arch also looks Transitional with a Romanesque billet moulding surround. The label stops of the arch, however, are clearly much later and the billet moulding and the masonry voussoirs that surround the arch are discontinuous and have clearly been repaired or rebuilt. Was this a rounded arch originally? To the west of the chancel arch is a lofty gothic arch leading to a south chapel. It is disproportionate within this bijou church but its capitals have a distinctly Norman look to them - but they may not be, of course!
The font is the main interest here. Its decoration is curiously muddled in conception. It is crudely divided into several segments by raised vertical lead mouldings; and there is also a horizontal moulding near the rim that splits the font laterally into two very unequal parts. Most of the resulting spaces are filled with crude and irregular motifs of what might be gothic window shapes. This might be why Wikipaedia dates it rather surprisingly to the c14. To my eyes the designs are so crude that it is impossible to be sure. And why would anyone create a pattern in the shape of a window? It is true that we see blind arcading designs on many Norman fonts but this is a motif repeated as a decoration all through Norman churches, inside and out. So perhaps it is merely abstract. The church at Childrey, only six miles distant, dates its very different lead font to the c12. We will never know.
So little is written of this church. So much about it makes me wonder if its foundation was not rather earlier than its Transitional features indicate. Anyway, if you are in the area visiting the truly awe-inspiring White Horse and Wayland’s Smithy do drop off at this lovely little church. You won’t be sorry you did. It’s a lovely little slice of England.