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What survives of the bulding is the gap-toothed tower, the north and east walls up to a certain level, and the outlines of doors and windows. The ruin is carefully maintained, and you can wander around it. The most curious thing is the view back to the tower from within the nave. The tower arch appears to have been filled in at some point, and a smaller doorway placed in it. Did this happen when the tower was built? Or at the Reformation, perhaps? Or after the building was abandoned, to enable the tower to still serve some purpose lost to us? Romantically, I hoped that the last possibility was the most likely, but the shape of the doorway suggests that it is the first which is correct.
Simon Knott, August 2008
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