St John the Baptist, Tidebrook, East Sussex - 11th December 2004

The church is Victorian, the first incumbent listed as starting in 1858.  There is no tower, just a bell turret built over the east end of the nave.

I was surprised to find the church unlocked in this rural location as the light was beginning to fail.  Here is a view of the building from the field to the east, which slopes steeply up from the road and was very muddy!

St John the Baptist, Tidebrook, East Sussex - 11th December 2004 - MTC

The architect for this church was Thomas H Rushforth and the building was erected in 1856 and constructed of stone.  There is a central bell cote.

The church has a pipe organ in an unusual position on the south wall of the chancel and an enormous font next to the south door.

St John the Baptist, Tidebrook, East Sussex - 11th December 2004 - MTCSt John the Baptist, Tidebrook, East Sussex - 11th December 2004 - MTC

Being late in the afternoon, the December light didn't penetrate the building, and I couldn't locate a light switch - so I had to rely on flash photography in the gloom!  Here is a view from the nave into the chancel.

St John the Baptist, Tidebrook, East Sussex - 11th December 2004 - MTC

Apart from the east window, the glass is all plain. Here is a view west into the nave from the chancel.

St John the Baptist, Tidebrook, East Sussex - 11th December 2004 - MTC

The west end does not present an attractive aspect from the church yard, being very high and plain.  The windows do not seem to sit happily in this elevation - one larger window would have worked better?  From the low windows and doors it would appear there is an undercroft.

St John the Baptist, Tidebrook, East Sussex - 11th December 2004 - MTC

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