The church existed in the 7th century, as part of a monastery itself built on the site of a Roman basilica. It features in the Bayeux Tapestry, clearly identified by name. Harold is shown riding towards the chancel arch, surrounded by his men and a pack of hunting hounds. He prayed in the church prior to his ill-fated voyage to Normandy in 1064.
The most fascinating parts of the building are the tower (better observed from the harbour side) and the chancel, which are pre-Conquest. In the north wall of the chancel is a moving monument: the canopied stone effigy of a child - 13 C.
There is a beautiful 12th century font decorated with arcades. The splendid five-light east window (C. 1180) has Purbeck marble columns. Above the tiny crypt, the All Hallows chapel has 15th century Flemish glass: 4 angels holding the instruments of the Passion.
This beautiful, fascinating church is definitely one of the best we have seen so far. Simon Jenkins, quite rightly, including it in his book 'England's thousand best churches'.
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