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11. Tower

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t the west end of the church is the tower, to which there is no public access. The tower contains a 14th century bell and medieval three-pit bell cage in a reasonable state of preservation. There is a first floor room with fireplace in the tower. The ground floor door to the tower stairs has been renovated on the outside, but would appear, on the reverse, to be the original timber.
The base of the tower and west door of Early English work (13th century approx) rising into a square tower with a Perpendicular west window. A spirelet was added over the south-east stair turret in the 19th century.

Signs of previous extensions to the church, now demolished, can be found in the corner between the tower and the south porch, where a projecting drip moulding indicates the former presence of either a door or small annex in that corner. Further along the south wall, a similar drip moulding high on the wall shows the position of the demolished external rood stair.

 
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