woofed at me in an unthreatening manner and chased after me as I left in a half hearted way. Three years later and I am sure that the same dog was again on guard. He woofed at me again, wagged his tail, and then sat down in the middle of the main road oblivious to everything before finally ambled off in the direction of Luddington. Loved the "Chicken Crossing" sign, pictured below, which I saw at the edge of the village. This is very rural...and nothing wrong with that at all!
There was no church mentioned at Thurning at the time of the Domesday Survey in 1086. However, by the middle of the 12th Century there was a church here, which consisted of a chancel and an aisleless nave. A north aisle was added in or around 1190, and the nave was lengthened in 1300. The bell tower and spire were added in the 15th century.
Much restoration was undertaken here in Voctorian times. In 1880–81 a great part of the structure was taken down and rebuilt as nearly as possible in accordance with the previous design, only the chancel, nave arcades, south aisle wall, and the porch being left standing; the chancel was restored in 1902. Externally therefore the whole of the north and west sides of the building, as well as the tower and clearstory, is modern, but it appears to have replaced work of the 15th century.
There are two bells hanging in the bell tower in the curiously slender tower. The smaller of the two bells was a recasting by Taylor of Loughborough in 1899 of a medieval bell which bore the inscription: 'Dei genetrix, Virgo Maria, ora pro nobis.' The larger bell has four pairs of letters, which might be part of an alphabet, with the founder being unknown...
The church here is normally to be found locked, but I saw inside on a return visit a few weeks later and had a quick look around. Was very impressed with the gallery pictured below left. I am assuming that this is a Victorian construction, certainly the decoration on it looked to be Victorian.