All Saints, Herstmonceux, East Sussex - 1st May 2004

The parish church is situated some distance (over two miles!) from the modern village of Herstmonceux. Sadly we were house hunting, so didn't have time to explore the inside.

Herstmonceux Parish Church, East Sussex - 1st May 2004 - MTC

The tall, elegant arches are some of the best examples of early 13th century architecture in Sussex.  The north arcade shows less skill in the leaf carving on the capitals and is thus slightly earlier.

The oldest part is the 12th century tower, which is perhaps the only Sussex tower which forms part of the west end of the nave.  The nave, chancel and aisles are from the 13th & 14th centuries, while the north (Dacre) chapel is 15th century.  It is constructed of red Flemish bricks and was added by the builders of Herstmonceux castle.  The chancel arch dates from the 14th century rebuilding, which also included the aisle walls.

On 3rd July 1944 an enemy bomb demolished three and damaged ten of the windows, the roof and the shingles of the spire.

The porch at Herstmonceux Parish Church, East Sussex - 1st May 2004 - MTC

Here is the porch, beautifully decorated for a wedding (I assume).

This final view is taken from the east and at a later date - 28th January 2007.

Herstmonceux Parish Church, East Sussex - MTC

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