This small parish church in DraytonSt Leonard was at one time a chapel of Dorchester Abbey a few miles away. It dates back to Norman times. You can still see the Norman doorways in the north & south walls. I came to the village as it is not far from an old second world war airfield called Mount Farm and I wondered if there were any war graves here. The airfield was used by the US so I should have know better. The airfield became a village now called Berinsfield the farm is still there.
The church is dominated by the timber tower an unusual feature in Oxfordshire. The tower was probably added around 1470 whenr the oldest bell there was cast
This view shows the chancel end of the church with the 13 century north chapel over to the right
Part of the north churchyard
The entrance porch to St Catherine
On the left is the chancel and a view from it down the Nave
The font I can find no mention as to age
On the left is a Gothic window which is next to a blocked up 12th century window. The window in the right is mid 14th century and restored in 1859.
The churchyard is not large but big enough for the size of the village
because as far as I can see it was still in use though the photos I took were of the older graves