At times it becomes too much like hard work to recount the many glories and oft-recounted historical significance of the really famous English churches. So here is one that proves that treasures lie everywhere for those that seek. In this case I am indebted to a nice little “Rutland Churches” leaflet picked up on our travels. This is a delightfully-situated church in a beautiful village.
Morcott’s Norman core dates variously from around 1066 until 1138. There was a lot of restoration and alteration in 1320 and again in 1874.
The two lower stages of the tower are Norman and contain a delightful and rare “pancake” window on the west side. The narrower window on this face is also Norman. The lovely Norman tower arch dates from 1130.
The arcade to the north aisle is Norman and dates from 1150. The capitals are impressively carved with various grotesque images. the south aisle is later - about 1190 - with an Early English arcade. It is interesting to note the changes in architectural fashion over the 40 year gap between the two arcades.
The chancel was extended in 1320 and has an early English arch. The priest’s door dates from around 1066 and is one of the oldest elements of the church. There is an EE lancet window in the chancel. Interestingly, the lower portion is a lynchnoscope or “leper window” which allowed the afflicted to see the altar without entering the church.