St Andrew’s Church in East Lexham, Norfolk, one of the two round tower churches we visited on Sunday, is said to have the oldest round tower in the country. The tower was built about 900AD. Just to stand and look at some thing which was built by the Saxons, and is still in use as part of the church, is quite mind blowing, over one thousand years old and still standing. The church sits on a mound in a farmyard and sheep now keep the grass short in the churchyard.
The church attached to the Saxon tower is most likely originally Norman, as the stone for church came from the Barnack quarry which was not opened until the 13th century. The church has now been rendered over and its difficult to interpret the stones. In the chancel there is a fine angle piscina from the 14th century. The east window glass is believed to have been made by Clayton & Bell in about 1859.
The church has a lovely feeling and is so well looked after inside, it shines. Well worth the effort in finding the church…..we went pass the farm about three times before we saw you had to go through the farmyard…..coming out we saw a large sign….to the Saxon Tower.