My brother in law drove me to the church. Thank you, Ian!
Basing House was held by Royalists and suffered three sieges. It seems likely that Parliament troops were quartered in the church. Hence the amount of ordnance that got embedded in its walls. I like to think the dereliction of the gargoyle on the right may have had something to do with enemy action.
The sieges were bloody. The Parliament forces suffered considerable losses and were none too merciful when they finally stormed the house. They understood the defenders to be "papists" which made it acceptable- indeed a perfectly righteous act- to skewer and shoot them out of hand....
We observed Covid regulations- or I suppose we did- I hardly know what they are any more- and ate lunch in the garden. Red kites hovered overhead, swooping down remarkably low. One of these days I'll sit out on my sisters patio, with the telephoto lens extended- and click away.