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Architectural Features

Merton church’s round tower probably dates from the early Norman period. Most of the rest of the church – the nave, chancel, south aisle and north porch – was rebuilt in the early 14th century, though the roof level was later raised and Perpendicular clerestory windows added on the south side.  

The church is of architectural interest as a well-preserved example of a 14th century church, with many details and fittings from the same period and some fine workmanship from later periods, unspoiled by Victorian “improvements”.



Of Special Interest

  • The round flint tower, 42 feet tall, with double round-headed belfry openings
  • The nave and south aisle windows – cusped Y-tracery, c. 1310-1330
  • The chancel windows – Decorated plate tracery, c. 1310-1330
  • The finely carved early rood screen separating the nave from the chancel
  • The double piscina and stepped triple sedilia
  • The rare three-sided “barley-twist” altar rails
  • The 15th century font, with steepled wooden canopy recently restored by a local craftsman
  • The Jacobean “two-decker” pulpit
  • The Jacobean box pew for the de Grey family from Merton Hall
  • The stained glass in the chancel: two of the saints date from the mid-1300s, though their faces are not original
  • The east window (1855); twelve scenes from the life of Christ, painted mostly  by Emily Lady Walsingham
  • The unusual glass sundial, with a Latin motto which translates as “While we are talking, time flies” and a representation of a spider in one corner waiting to catch a fly

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