A couple of weeks ago I visited two more Round Tower Churches, I have already posted about East Lexham Church and this post is about West Lexham Church. I think I have one more Round Tower Church to post about and then I am up to date with them. I still have many to visit, but I think its going to be on on going saga, I just get so waylaid by any tower or spire I see when we are out exploring, come to that, even castles have now got in the way.
It took us a couple of drive pasts to find this little church, St Nicholas in West Lexham. Up a leaf strewn lane, behind the once village green, you find the church sitting on a mound, once cottages surrounded the village green, but now most of them have long gone.
St Nicholas has a Saxon Tower…..this is what draws me to these small churches, Saxons built theses towers, in this case possibly AD 900. Imagine Saxon hands placed those stones to make the towers, we are really not sure why they built them, there lots of theories, I like the one for keeping the whole village safe, but there are other thoughts. The church was quite direclict by the end of the last quarter of the 19th century, as you can see from the drawing and in 1881 the church was mostly rebuilt. There are a couple of medieval remains, an early 14th century decorated Chancel arch and a piscina in the mainly Early English Cancel.
In the 1990’s the tower was collapsing, so to save the tower it was incased in metal bands with staples, and coated with cement, hopefully it will remain standing for a few centuries more. The wonderful stained glass window is quite a rare French piece, and is by L Lobin Tours.