St Michael the Archangel, Penhurst, Sussex - 26th July 2003

Dating from around 1340 to 1500, this lovely church is built of Wealden Sandstone, each of the large blocks having  being carefully squared and dressed.  The structure has been left almost untouched through the six hundred or so years of its history.

Penhurst Church, 26th July 2003 - MTC

The tower, at the west end, has a tall arch and a hipped roof with eaves, the staircase to the tower has an entrance at the south west corner of the nave, and can be clearly seen in the picture above.

The chancel arch, contains a fourteenth century oak screen. The hook on the king post above the chancel arch from which hung the Crucifix still remains, however the inscription, "Ecco Homo" which was formerly on the cross beam is no longer visible.

On the south side of the church there is a lovely porch, which has some well carved, if rather time worn panelling.

Porch, Penhurst Church - 26th July 2003

We visited just after a wedding had finished; here is the font buried under a lovely floral arrangement.

Font at Penhurst Church, Sussex, 26th July 2003 - MTC

Here is one final view of this delightful building, taken from the road outside.  The old copper streetlamp came from Clerkenwell in London.

Penhurst Church, Sussex - 26th July 2003 - MTC

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