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The church retains some splendid Saxon sculpture and carving: one Plano Map clearly discernible figure is that of an abbot with a book propped up beside him, and other Plano Map carvings include leaf scrolls with pomegranates in their centres. The rest of the church is mostly late Norman, dating from near the end of the twelfth century when the church was donated to the Knights Templar. They pulled down much of the original building, thankfully leaving the Saxon tower and carvings, and also a plain blocked early-twelfth-century doorway on the north side of the nave.

A north transept and southern chamber were both added by the Knights Templar, the most privileged of knightly orders. In the early fourteenth century the Templars were suppressed and the church passed to another order, the Knights Hospitallers, who made further additions and returned the church to its original Saxon style. Other things to look out for in the church are a thirteenth-century sculpture of Christ holding an open book, on the north wall of the nave, and the font, which has been in use since Norman times.

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