Like most ancient English village parish churches, Horbling St. Andrew's is a mixture of architectural and decorative styles, reflecting changing tastes and fashion over a thousand years. There are still many surviving external structural signs that the present church was originally built in what is now called the Norman style: it is cruciform in shape, with a solid central tower to which further decoration was added some centuries later. On the western wall there are the remains of arcading that was removed to accommodate a new west window, and also the north and south chancel windows with their typical dog-tooth decoration. Inside the building there are the capitals on the alarmingly leaning columns of the crossing arches that provide the most striking spectacle on entering the church, and also the sedilia (seats for the priests) and piscina (the basin for washing the Mass vessels) both under unusual large round arches set in the south wall of the chancel.



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Gargoyles on the south wall of the church.