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Alciston Church, East Sussex

Sussex Churches: Alciston

Close to Firle, on the road toward Polegate is the charming village of Alciston and its pretty, but simple church in a beautiful setting. And very close to the fascinating tithe barn. The church was founded by Battle Abbey and served a monastic farm and it is has some 11 century features remaining alongside newer …

All saints Laughton Church East Sussex

Sussex Churches: All Saints, Laughton, East Sussex

The sturdy church at Laughton in East Sussex isn’t particularly ancient, but it enjoys a peaceful setting and 13th century architectural origins. Of particular interest are the many memorials to the Pelham family. And that connection is why it has the surprising distinction of being the burial site of two British Prime Ministers: two Pelhams …

St Peter’s Church, Woodmancote, West Sussex

Sussex Churches: St Peter’s, Woodmancote, West Sussex

The fascinating little church in Woodmancote West Sussex was largely remodelled in the 19th century but has 13th century architectural origins. As a memorial in the churchyard attests, two former parishioners (John Oswald and Thomas Harland) were among the Lewes martyrs that are still remembered in the town on November 5th. You can find out …

Sussex churches: an exploration

Last year, I developed two interests that this year I must blog about. Both are of a historical and architectural bent and both are related to my pleasure in “Sunday outings” and my hope to travel more widely within the British isles. One is an interest in British Piers, which saw me join the National …