Located, like the church at neighbouring Healaugh and other churches in the region, on high ground just outside the village, the original Norman church consisted of a nave and chancel to which a tower and north aisle were added. The latter is late 12th century and the arcade has keeled piers and octagonal capitals very similar to those at Bilton Ainsty only a short distance away. Of particular interest is the south door, one of the most lavishly decorated in the York area. The arch has three orders, the outer decorated with zig-zag, the middle with beak heads, and on the inner a range of exotic figures and animals. Capitals show the Crucifixion, and the Deposition from the Cross, scenes rarely depicted in this location in a Norman church.
Pevsner, N. and Radcliffe, E., 1967. The Buildings of England, Yorkshire: The West Riding (London, Penguin), 553-4