St Bartholomew, Maresfield, Sussex - 7th May 2003

This church is situated immediately adjacent to the cross roads, Maresfield Cross, in the centre of the village.  A yew lined walk leads to the entrance making photography tricky - this is the best I could manage of this elevation.

    Although being very local to me I have never been able to find this church unlocked.

St Bartholomew, Maresfield, Sussex, May 8th 2003 - MTC

Digital photograph

From the 1882 Kelly's directory:

"The ancient church of St. Bartholomew, a building of Early English character, with perpendicular insertions and addi­tions, has been restored and enlarged, and was re-opened and in part re-consecrated by the Bishop of Chichester on the 24th April, 1879 : the church now consists of a new chancel, in which all the windows of old chancel, nave, transepts (also new), south porch, organ chamber, vestry and a massive tower containing 6 bells, were inserted (excepting the east window, now placed in south transept) ; the removal of the west gallery exposed to view the noble proportions of the tower arch: in the chancel are two richly-stained windows, one of which was erected as a memorial to the Rev. Edward Turner, late rector, by his son, the Rev. T. R. Turner: in the south transept is a memorial window to the late Sir J. V. Shelley bart. painted by his daughter, Mrs. Hervey Pechell an early Norman window, date about 1080, discovered in the south wall of the nave, and in a good state of preservation, has been filled with a stained-glass scroll, copied from an ancient window in the cathedral at Rheims : there are carved stone sedilia in the sacrarium and an eagle lectern of oak, presented by Miss Butler, the rector's sister : the stalls and reading. desks are of English oak, elaborately carved : the ancient oak porch, an object of great interest, has been care­fully restored from an old drawing in the possession of C. Powell esq. of Speldhurst. Kent, and has been brought back to its original position at the junction of tower and nave, now forming the principal entrance to the church ; in it may be seen the remains of the stoup for holy water, used before the Reformation, and there is another just inside the en­trance, in the stone-work of the jamb. The register of baptisms commences in the year 1538; marriages and burials, 1542. The living is a rectory, gross yearly value from tithe rent charge, £690, with residence and 3 acres of glebe, in the gift of and held since 1872 by the Rev. John Banks Meek Butler M.A. of Trinity College, Cambridge."

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