The church appears in Domesday Book (1086).  The Norman church would seem to have conisted of chancel, nave, south aisle and tower.  The fact the tower is placed in an odd position to the south of the aisle suggests that this was necessary due to the plan of the earlier church, although it has been suggested that this layout was due to French practice.  The Romanesque south doorway has a triangular string course surrounding a Romanesque niche containing the lamb of God, similar to the one at St Margaret at Cliffe.  The age of the tympanum is suggested by Christ's halo incorparading a Celtic cross.  The bearded heads on the stops are also far more reminiscent of English faces than Normans.  The priest's door is fine and tall and narrow in typical Saxon fashion.  The whole structure is built of flint which is mostly knapped.  However, the east end of the chancel is laid in herringbone style.


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