Lullington is rich in Norman work. Christ in majesty presides over the north doorway while below him a lion and a griffin enjoy the fruits of the tree of life. Grotesques peer from the pillars and from the elaborately carved font. On a tombstone, the hand of God emerges to bless a cross, and the head of the young Edward I decorates the chantry.

The church was probably even larger at one time, with an apse at the east end added some time after it was owned by the Bishop of Coutances in 1086. It was sympathetically restored by the architect Thomas Wyatt in 1862.

These churches are not, and must not become mere objects of artistic or antiquarian curiosity. They must continue to serve their primary purpose as houses for the worship of God. Services have been held in them for centuries and this unbroken pattern of prayer must continue.

But we hold these buildings in trust for ourselves and future generations. May we be faithful to that trust, and may they continue to reflect the Glory of God.

This article was written by Michael McGarvie FSA, a local historian.

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