Explore St John's

St John's church has fine examples of well preserved Norman architecture dating back to the 12th Century including two remarkable Norman crypts.

A feature of the church is the two storey gabled and timbered porch added in the 16th Century. The room over the porch is now the vestry but was originally the first school room in the village. The pegs for the boys hats and the benches are still there.

Much of the woodwork in the church was carved this century by the famous wood carver Robert Thompson. His mark is a mouse and nine such marks can be found in the church.

The south and north walls of the chancel have some carved corbels under the eaves, faces not totally human with feline ears, it is thought they were to ward off evil,or perhaps to warn folk against evil-doing.

The remains of two 'scratch dials' are on the south wall. They were used by the priest to tell the time for the services. Near the dials is the grave of Maud Watson, the first woman Lawn Tennis Champion at Wimbledon. Miss Watson was the daughter of a former rector and lived next door to the church in the Old Rectory, a fine red brick Georgian house, now a private home called 'The Well House'.

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