The church comprises chancel, crossing tower, N and S transepts, and nave. The nave has N and S aisles, S porch, and clerestorey. The crossing survives from the original 12thc. cruciform church. The original transepts were rebuilt in the late 13thc. as was the chancel. The nave arcades are early 14thc. Much of the exterior has been rendered, with the exception of the tower and transepts which have rubble walls. The transept walls are coursed. The church was restored by William Butterfield in 1869-72.
DS does not mention a priest at Anstey. The advowson appears to have descended with the manor. In the late 17thc. it was sold to the Masters and Fellows of Christ's College, Cambridge, who still hold it.
Attic bases on a double-stepped plinth (the first step of the plinth is chamfered) support nook shafts, as W arch. These have shaft rings at the centre and top. The plain bell capitals have necking and integral abaci.
The arch has a nook roll carved with series of bobbin mouldings with a variety of roll profiles. From N: double-chamfered; chamfered; round with rolls at sides; double chamfered with rolls at sides and top; double-chamfered with rolls at sides; chamfered; chamfered; round with small double rolls at sides; double-chamfered with rolls at sides; round; chamfered; chamfered.
N capital: a large volute on the angle, with an incised spiral on each face. From the centre of the volute an undercut leaf stem extends to the S and terminates in an acanthus leaf which faces the volute. On the N is a similar leaf, but the stem has broken off.
The arch has a nook roll carved with series of bobbin mouldings with a variety of roll profiles. From L: round; chamfered; double-chamfered; round with a small roll at top and sides; chamfered; round with rolls at sides; double-chamfered with rolls at sides; round; two double-chamfered rolls; round with rolls at sides, chamfered; a small roll followed by a larger one, a gap between the two.
|d. of bowl||0.33 m|
|h. of base and column||0.67 m|
|h. of bowl||0.40 m|
|total h. not incl. modern plinth||1.07 m|
|w. of bowl||0.65 m|