St Helen, a Roman era saint, was worshipped at this ancient church which lies only a mile from a Roman fort.  Herrinbone masonry abounds in the nave and chancel.  These have fine Saxon style quoins as well as a much altered Romansque south doorway.  The tower would appear to be a replacement as there is a second storey entrance, with early features, into it from the nave.  The tower has certainly had its nave arch replaced with a pointed Early English arch, although the shafts are apparently older.  Like at Upton church, the walls are said to be laid on a layer of tiles laid obliquely on edge.


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