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The Churches of Sussex
by John E. Vigar MA FRSA,
Church Architecture on Britannia
short drive south of London lies the rolling beauty of the South Downs.
The green hillsides stretch across the twin counties of Sussex and down to
the Sea. This natural landscape is a delightful area to explore a pocket
of British History: stately homes, castles, cathedrals...
Sussex is a wonderful county in which to study old churches.
Whilst it was late in adopting Christianity - at the end of the seventh century
- it is blessed with a host of Saxon churches that are sadly absent from its
neighbouring counties. The reason for this is simple. Sussex was primarily a
rural county which suffered from the changes in agricultural practice in the
medieval period when arable farming gave way to sheep farming. Wealthy enough to
bring its churches up to date - but not to replace them - in the thirteenth
century it did not enjoy the later prosperity of its neighbours who so often
completely demolished their older churches and replaced them in the fourteenth
and fifteenth centuries.
Join author and historian, John E.
Vigar, as he
travels along both major roads and narrow tracks to show us
a very personal selection of churches that not only display interesting
and unique features, but which are also rich in atmosphere.
First Stop: South