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The first Christian churches in England were probably built by the Romans, but remains are elusive. However, many of first Anglo-Saxon churches were clearly based on the Roman basilican form.

St Helen, Skipwith, E Yorkshire

A beautiful and interesting parish church with a Saxon tower and a chancel of c.1300.

St Mary, Great Washbourne, Gloucs

A tiny Norman church of two-cell plan. A narrow doorway/arch separates nave from chancel.

St John, Slimbridge, Gloucs

Early English capitals of c.1200. Unusually there are no necking rings below the capitals.

St Mary, Norbury, Derbyshire

A Decorated chancel. Small stone flowers ornament the focal point of the tracery.

St James, Chipping Camden, Gloucs

A Perpendicular nave - light, high, with tall slender arcades, here of concave section.

St Michael, Much Hoole, Lancashire

A Stuart porch and nave - Renaissance details but still retaining Gothic influences.

St Mary, Tarleton, Lancashire

A Georgian brick church of 1719, with elegant semi-circular headed windows and an apse.

All Saints, Selsey, Gloucs

William Bodley's Victorian church is in a French Gothic style. It has fine Pre-Raphaelite windows.


Photographs and text Tony Boughen