St James the Great, Ewhurst Green, East Sussex - 19th February 2004

The church is a sturdy building, the 12th century Norman west tower is built mostly of local ironstone. It has a curious wood-shingled spire, which looks askew when viewed from afar. Inside the church, the rounded nave arcades are also Norman.

The only major additions to the church are 14th century, the octagonal piers of the north arcade and the way the head of the chancel arch merges into the walls typify work of this date.  The crown post roof is probably also of this date.

 On the west wall is a grotesque medieval carving, depicting a man blowing out his cheeks. This is the sole piece of decorative carving on the church.

St James the Great, Ewhurst Green, East Sussex - 19th February 2004 - MTC

Here are two pictures of the nave looking east into the chancel and west back to the organ.

The Nave looking east, St James the Great, Ewhurst Green, East Sussex - 19th February 2004 - MTCThe Nave looking west, St James the Great, Ewhurst Green, East Sussex - 19th February 2004 - MTC

The two windows below are in the south wall of the south aisle.

The south (east) window, St James the Great, Ewhurst Green, East Sussex - 19th February 2004 - MTCThe south (west) window, St James the Great, Ewhurst Green, East Sussex - 19th February 2004 - MTC

The east window.

The east window, St James the Great, Ewhurst Green, East Sussex - 19th February 2004 - MTC

The two attractive and colourful southerly windows in the chancel depict the angels Michael, Gabriel, Raphael and Uriel and are my favourites in the church.

Chancel window, St James the Great, Ewhurst Green, East Sussex - 19th February 2004 - MTCChancel window, St James the Great, Ewhurst Green, East Sussex - 19th February 2004 - MTC

On the opposite wall of the chancel hangs this picture of St Jacob.

St Jacob, St James the Great, Ewhurst Green, East Sussex - 19th February 2004 - MTC

Here are the font, made of Sussex marble, and pipe organ.

The font, St James the Great, Ewhurst Green, East Sussex - 19th February 2004 - MTCThe font, St James the Great, Ewhurst Green, East Sussex - 19th February 2004 - MTC

This enormous painting of the nativity hangs on the wall of the south aisle immediately to the west of the entrance door.

Nativity painting, St James the Great, Ewhurst Green, East Sussex - 19th February 2004 - MTC

This interesting hanging light, converted from oil to electricity, hangs in the nave.

Lamp, St James the Great, Ewhurst Green, East Sussex - 19th February 2004 - MTC

These two small windows are in the south wall of the nave, high over the south aisle roof.

High window, St James the Great, Ewhurst Green, East Sussex - 19th February 2004 - MTCHigh window, St James the Great, Ewhurst Green, East Sussex - 19th February 2004 - MTC

This final photograph of the south side of the church was taken from the churchyard.

From the south, St James the Great, Ewhurst Green, East Sussex - 19th February 2004 - MTC

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