Adjacent to Asthall Manor, the parish church of St Nicholas' was originally built in Norman times, and later extended to form the picture-perfect village church which you can see today.
We popped in because we happened to be at Asthall Manor for the On Form sculpture exhibition, and it's always nice to look around old churches. But this one was far more beautiful than we'd expected.
The impressive wall paintings looked so fresh and bright that they could have been touched up yesterday. I don't know whether they've actually been restored, or just preserved incredibly well, but either way they're just stunning.
And some pieces of the On Form sculpture had even made their way inside. I was particularly taken with this rather grim skull-headed staff, which looked really at home in the church: