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English Church Architecture -



WIXOE, St. Leonard (TL 718 429)     (October 2001)

(Bedrock:  Upper Cretaceous, Upper Chalk)



This little church (shown above, from the southeast) is formed of just a nave and chancel built as a single unit, with a small wooden S. porch and a bell-turret above the nave W. end.  The building is constructed of the usual mix of flint, pebble rubble and septaria, with limestone dressings and tiled roofs, and appears usually to be kept locked with a notice posted in the porch listing key-holders.


In  fact, though, the only significant features can be viewed externally and consist of the simple, blocked Norman N. doorway and, more especially, the S. doorway inside the porch (illustrated left).  The latter is formed of an arch of two orders, the outer of which bears chevron moulding, rising from shafts with scalloped capitals.  There is no lintel or tympanum.


There is nothing else of importance.  All the windows, in Second Pointed style, now appear to date from the nineteenth century, and the only feature of note internally is the small stoup just inside the nave, to the right of the doorway, of possible thirteenth century date but much worn.