A Saxon church occupied the site
of St Andrew's church until replaced by the present Norman
church in the 11th century.
In the 15th century, the lantern tower was added to the top of
the square bell tower. The lantern tower is octagonal which is
not common in UK. It is said that the tower served as a
navigation guide to sailors on the river Axe but this a myth as
the tower cannot be seen from the Axe.