After a while we wondered if we were starting to hallucinate animal shapes in one of the blocks. Perhaps they really were there. They certainly started to come out in the drawings. The right-hand block was definitely more plant-y than the left. I'd read some things before we arrived - that the blocks fit one on top of the other. On reflection of the patterns, this seemed profoundly untrue. I think it's good to trust your own observations.
Afterwards I read about some lettering on one of the blocks. There's a drawing here in the Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture from 1908. But neither my sister nor I had any recollection of seeing it. Why would it have been removed? Or was it early 20th century hallucination? Very strange.
You can see photos of the front of the stones here and here. They had been surrounded with spring vegetation when we visited and the porch looked friendly and welcoming. It was a shame the church itself was not open, but English Heritage seem to open it for visitors in the summer.
Images © Rhiannon 2014