An original Saxon church stood on this site from the 8th century dates but the current building dates to the 11th Century.
It is the most perfectly situated, beautiful church I have visited. Nestled on a wide bend on the banks of the Severn, this peaceful spot has a sense of the ancient about it and had a really magical atmosphere as the sun set over the horizon casting the river and the church in the most surreal, winter sunlight. It was a scene of complete serenity.
The church’s dedication to Eata of Hexham is unique.
The church is constructed in red and grey sandstone and incorporates some large blocks of stone from the Roman city of Wroxeter a couple of miles away. The church is Grade I listed.
The oldest part of the present church is in the nave and dates from the late Saxon or the early Norman era – the front entrance is distinctly Norman in style. The tower is from the 12th century, and the chancel from the late 13th century. The south porch is dated 1665. The church was restored in the late 19th century.
There are some ancient Saxon tombstone slabs outside the south porch which probably date to around the 11th or 12th Centuries.