(The following was drawn from the church Visitor Information leaflet.)
The ‘Church of the Hills’ is an architectural and historic gem, serving Great Dassett, Little Dassett, Northend, Southend, Knightcote and Hardwick. Dassett derives from the Old English ‘Dercetone’ a hilly place where ‘beasts of the chase’ abounded. The interior is magnificent in its seeming simplicity, however closer inspection reveals fragments of beautiful medieval wall paintings beneath the lime washed walls; and on the north-side elaborate carvings – a stag, a lion, a dragon – are believed to have been carved to ward off evil spirits from the sinister north side of the building. There are no carvings on the south-side.