St Mary the Virgin, Salehurst, East Sussex - 7th February 2004

This is the largest rural parish church in East Sussex.

St Mary the Virgin, Salehurst, East Sussex - 7th February 2004 - MTC

This portrait of Rev. John Lord hangs in the Chancel.  It is a contemporary dated likeness of this vicar who lived from 1614 - 1681 and who was the incumbent at Salehurst between 1640 and his death.  The painter is unknown.  The painting was presented to the church in 1937 and had previously been in the keeping of his family.  Lord kept a copious diary during his Vicariate, which is preserved in the church, and apparently having royalist sympathies he was absent from the parish for three and a half years during the Civil War.

Rev. John Lord, St Mary the Virgin, Salehurst, East Sussex - 7th February 2004 - MTC

Here are two pictures off the interior, the first looking east into the chancel from the nave, the second looking back from the chancel into the nave.

The nave, St Mary the Virgin, Salehurst, East Sussex - 7th February 2004 - MTCThe nave, St Mary the Virgin, Salehurst, East Sussex - 7th February 2004 - MTC

Here is my favourite window in the church.  The inscription reads " Life is eternal & love is immortal. Death is but a horizon & the horizon is but the limit of our sight."

Rainbow window, St Mary the Virgin, Salehurst, East Sussex - 7th February 2004 - MTC

Here is the east window.

East window, St Mary the Virgin, Salehurst, East Sussex - 7th February 2004 - MTC

And here, electronically straightened, is the west window under the tower; very hard to photograph!

West window, St Mary the Virgin, Salehurst, East Sussex - 7th February 2004 - MTC

Three more windows.

Window, St Mary the Virgin, Salehurst, East Sussex - 7th February 2004 - MTCWindow, St Mary the Virgin, Salehurst, East Sussex - 7th February 2004 - MTCWindow, St Mary the Virgin, Salehurst, East Sussex - 7th February 2004 - MTC

Window, St Mary the Virgin, Salehurst, East Sussex - 7th February 2004 - MTC

The inscription on the window below reads "To the glory of God and in memory of Robert Henry Burgess, for ?23? years a churchwarden of this parish, died September 29th 1903 and erected by his widow and children."

Window, St Mary the Virgin, Salehurst, East Sussex - 7th February 2004 - MTC

Here are the font and the organ.

The font, St Mary the Virgin, Salehurst, East Sussex - 7th February 2004 - MTCThe pipe organ, St Mary the Virgin, Salehurst, East Sussex - 7th February 2004 - MTC

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