The Parish Church of St Peter & St Paul was built about the middle of the 12th century.
The chancel arch is Norman, and has dropped slightly on the south side.
The view from the west gallery shows how the enlargements carried out in 1821 destroyed the symmetry of the building; the north wall was moved out, the tower rebuilt and gallery installed. This has left the chancel off centre, and out of sight of a large part of the nave. The recess behind the pulpit would have once contained a statue of a saint.
On the north wall hang the coat of arms of George III, dated 1778. The organ is situated on the gallery.
Here is a closer view of the Royal Arms.
And a closer view of the organ.
The font is thought to be mediaeval as it bears the marks of hinges installed to keep the font locked following a decree in 1236. It was removed from the church, possibly by the Lollards who were dissenters who rejected the need for baptism. The font was rescued from a dyke in the 15th century, retooled and reinstated in the church. The oak lid was made by Raymond Smith to match the oak pews which were installed by Rev. J H Edinger in the 1950s.
THe building has some attractive stained glass windows, one being Victorian and the rest modern. They are shown on a separate page here or by clicking on the image of the east window, below.
Here is the north side of the church. The weather vane was replaced in the 1980s; the previous one had been constructed after the Second World War using metal rods from war time sea defences.
Here is a view of the chancel from outside, where it can be seen the vestry roof intersects the northern chancel window.
Here is a final view of the church from the south.
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