This church, like Isleham priory, is also dedicated to St Margaret of Antioch, however no one has suggested that it was only built in c.1090.  The church at Marton stands close to a Roman road and has a herringbone masonry tower bounded by long and short work quoins.  The early nave roof line is clearly visible on the tower as is a blocked flat headed doorway, which is also probably original.

The tower has 4 bell openings with Romanesque twin openings set in a later, rubble built bell house at the summit.  There is a fine, lopsided, Romanesque arch from the tower into the nave and a nice west Romanesque window.  The southern nave arcade is also Romanesque, but not the northern one which appears Early English.  The widening of the nave with the 2 aisle obviously resulted in a poor join with the earlier herringbone nave, some 2' of which still remains on either side of the tower.  On the north side the long and short quoins of the old nave survive in situ.  Half of the rebuilt south wall of the chancel still retains much of its herringbone style.

There are also the remains of a cross shaft built into the masonry of the the west wall of the church porch.


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