The many round-headed windows (and doors) reveal that the church is partly Norman, in particular the nave and the lower stage of the central tower, while the tall, thin pointed lancet windows in the transepts and chancel indicate a substantial rebuilding a century or so later in the Early English period, the 13th century.
The south chapel (on the left in the photo above) is a 15th century addition in the Perpendicular style, the most obvious feature of which is mullions in the windows rising straight up to meet the arch. Some of the other windows and the top stage of the tower are from the same period.
A walk around the outside also reveals that there's another 15th century tower immediately next to the church; I'll come back to that briefly later.
As interesting and attractive as the exterior is, the church's main attractions are inside. As I stepped through the door, the mingling ringing ambient notes I'd heard from outside became louder, but they still didn't crystallise in my ear into a recognisable form, and their source was still not apparent. It turned out that this was because the music was coming from the south transept, which isn't visible from most of the nave; the transept sheltered a group of lady handbell ringers (would the collective noun be a clangour of handbell ringers?) who were practising their art there.
|Early 18th century wrought iron gate|
|Sir Robert Harcourt, d.1470/1, and his wife Margaret|
|Perhaps Robert Harcourt, d. before 1509, with the remains of his banner above that probably flew at the Battle of Bosworth, 1485 (see here).|
|Archbishop Edward Vernon Harcourt, d.1847, and a bust to George Granville Harcourt, d.1861|
|Looking east from the transept|
|A glum-looking couple, possibly a king and queen. The mason's warning to those contemplating matrimony?|
|Primitive-looking man/animal hybrid|
|Another unhappy customer|
|Perhaps he's upset by the wood treatment that's been spilt on him|
|Another semi-human creature|
|Is he perhaps thoughtful rather than glum?|
|A strange conjoined twin goat-like creature|
|From this angle he looks snooty rather than glum|
|He seems to be looking into the abyss of despair|
|Next to the shrine is a monument probably commemorating Maud de Grey, who died in 1394, shortly after marrying Sir Thomas Harcourt. |