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.
Paul Martin Remfry