The sanctuary is pure Norman and a real delight, comparable with that of Kilpeck. The original tower arch and the sanctuary arch both have straightforward Norman zig-zag mouldings surrounded by courses of pellet and billet moulding respectively. The tower arch, however, also has two delightful dragon-head stops.similar to those on the west door of Bishops Cleeve, also in Gloucestershire. The east window is surrounded by more Norman moulding, this time with a pretty floral design inset between the courses of zig-zag. There is an elaborately-carved boss at the intersection of the four plain ribs of the sanctuary vault. Altogether, the sanctuary and the old tower arch make a delightful unspoiled late Norman composition.
It is the outside of the church, however, that takes the breath away. The corbel table on both sides of the nave is of the highest quality and of delightful imagery. Like that at Kilpeck it is remarkably well preserved. Kilpeck’s is perhaps the most celebrated corbel table in England but if I had to choose I might marginally prefer Elkstone’s. Kilpeck’s has a delightful naivety about it, whereas Elkstone’s is, in my view, more sophisticated both in subject matter and in artistic quality; but, of course, such comparisons are purely subjective. In passing I would add that Romsey Abbey in Hampshire arguably has a corbel table to surpass all!
The south doorway and tympanum are stunning and, fortunately, their state of preservation protected, as they are, by the c14 porch. There are many more elaborate Norman south doorway compositions in England but the semi-circular course of beak head moulding is amongst the very best.
Finally, there are some large and interesting carvings half way up the tower on each corner.