Our site has seen a number of church buildings: from the first saxon church founded by St Aldhelm in 685AD, through its later substantial stone replacement, to the Norman structure of the late C12 and its gradual extension until reaching the present footprint around 1420.

The centuries have also seen much internal change: from saxon simplicity to medieval glory, followed by radical puritan simplification and then nineteenth century restoration and decoration in the context of Anglo-Catholic revival and the Oxford movement.

From our archives and others we can piece together some of that story:

More about our archives

To find out more about our church building look at:

Images of our church through time

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The historian and broadcaster, Michael Wood, talking about our Saxon roots at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3KcJUeV0Ho

Past incumbents of the benefice include:

William James Early Bennett

from 1852 to 1886

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William J Torrance

from 1938 to 1950

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Alfred Francis Algernon Hanbury-Tracy

from 1886 to 1898

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Patrick Cowley

from 1951 to 1966

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William Frederick Herbert Randolph

from 1899 to 1938

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Patrick Reynolds Mitchell

from 1967 to 1973

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Michael John Higgins

from 1974 to 1979

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Geoffrey John Wrayford

from 1980 to 1992

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John Gordon Pescod

from 1993 to 2001

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