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Small but perfectly proportioned, the church is now in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust. A beautiful fourteenth-century interior with a south aisle but none on the north. Empty of all but a few pews, it gives a glimpse of how an early medieval church may have looked. Unusually narrow tower with a slender spire.

:  A large church for a small village with an impressive memorial to the son of Lord Gorges, Surveyor and Superintendent General for the draining of the Great Fen.  There is also medieval graffiti on some of the north pillars.

An unusual triple-gabled west front was built in the 1840s when the dilapidated medieval tower was demolished. The outer walls of the nave are also nineteenth-century but inside is still largely medieval. The north arcade is Norman and the south Early English. Early twelfth-century is the splendid chancel arch and the chancel east wall has lancet windows. There is an Anglo-Saxon effigy of a priest.

St. Andrews is a late 14th century architectural masterpiece. Built by Bishops Barnet and Arundel of Ely, their coats of arms may decorate the vault of the south porch. Sutton is dominated by the 4 stage Perpendicular tower culminating in a double octagon belfry reminiscent of Ely Cathedral. The embattled south façade is faced with fine Barnack limestone punctuated by a two storey stone porch.

Both the chancel and nave are linked with blank arcading around the tall Decorated windows. The internal arcade is made up of tall lozenge shaped piers producing the illusion of great height. The south aisle is dominated by an unusual Decorated piscina with a large niche above containing a badly damaged statue of the Virgin. Again there may be a strong Ely influence with ogee arches referencing the Lady Chapel.

The tower has a broach spire. There is also a small praying figure in a niche with, below it, and inscription in French asking for prayers. Inside, the arcades are Early English in style but with round arches. In the chancel are stalls, two of which have late-medieval poppy-heads. The Rood Screen is also late-medieval. Fine glass in the east window. Not far from here was found the Water Newton Treasure, now in the British Museum, containing some of the oldest surviving Christian gold and silver objects.

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