St Michael the Archangel, Litlington, East Sussex - 18th October 2004

The oldest part of the structure is about 1150.  It is built of flint with stone facings and has weather boarded tower surmounted by a broach spire covered with cedar shingles.

St Michael the Archangel, Litlington, East Sussex - 18th October 2004

Two views of the nave, looking east and then west. The nave floor has a slope of about thirteen inches from east to west.  The old oak beams supporting the roof are rough hewn and believed to be original.  The string course around the walls about nine feet above the floor is Norman and may indicate the position of the original Norman roof.

St Michael the Archangel, Litlington, East Sussex - 18th October 2004St Michael the Archangel, Litlington, East Sussex - 18th October 2004

There is a double sedilia dating from the 15th century and a piscina dating from around 1200-20.  Both are so high from the ground that the floor of the sanctuary must have been lowered since they were installed.

St Michael the Archangel, Litlington, East Sussex - 18th October 2004

On the north side of the chancel is a nameless tomb which at one time supported the Easter Sepulchre - where the sacred elements were deposited  from Maundy Thursday to Easter Sunday. It dates from 1520-30. The font is early 16th century, with the original lead lining still present under the present one.

St Michael the Archangel, Litlington, East Sussex - 18th October 2004St Michael the Archangel, Litlington, East Sussex - 18th October 2004

Opposite the south door is this recess, possibly an aumbry where the reserved sacrament would have been kept.

St Michael the Archangel, Litlington, East Sussex - 18th October 2004

The east window was originally three lancets, though the present stonework dates from 1863. The glass carries the inscription "Sacred to the memory of Stephen Phillips who restored this church AD 1865".

St Michael the Archangel, Litlington, East Sussex - 18th October 2004

The two windows in the north wall of the chancel are Norman, and the glass depicting the four evangelists was thought by some to be 14th century, although the inner arches have been changed.  Work during a survey for NADFAS (National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies) in 2008 has confirmed the glass is Victorian and was probably put in during the 1863 restoration*. The small trefoil ogee-headed window high up on the south wall of the chancel has stained glass dating from c.1830 "To the memory of Albert Caroline and Arthur infant children of W B Robinson M A a Rector who died in the respective years 1827-9-32".

St Michael the Archangel, Litlington, East Sussex - 18th October 2004St Michael the Archangel, Litlington, East Sussex - 18th October 2004St Michael the Archangel, Litlington, East Sussex - 18th October 2004

The final view is of the tower from the church yard. It contains three bells, the treble being very ancient with a black letter inscription "Johannes est nomen eius". It was cast about 1450 by William Chamberlain, Master Founder at Whitechapel Bell Foundry.

St Michael the Archangel, Litlington, East Sussex - 18th October 2004

* My thanks to Jennifer Cross for her email to clarify this in December 2008.

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