The Church of St. Lawrence dates from the 12th century, was rebuilt in the 13th century and has later additions. The original rector of Napton was the Prior of Coventry.
In common with other hilltop villages, there is a legend which tells how the original church was to have been built near to the present village green. Each night however, the stones which lay ready for its construction were transported by “fairies” or “spirits” to the summit of Napton hill. The villagers took the hint and the church duly arose on the hilltop overlooking the village nestling below, and its squat tower has withstood the buffeting winds for centuries. ( Taken from a "Brief history of Napton on the Hill" by Monica Evans)