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Tours > Sussex Churches > East Guldeford

St. Mary - East Guldeford
TQ 937215; One Mile North-East of Rye

One feels that this church should be in Kent, but it is in Sussex - that part of Sussex nearest Kent. It is built of brick, rendered in part. The bricks are laid in 'English Bond' typical; of this early date. And this construction reflects its date of 1505.

In 1499 Sorb Richard Guldeford was granted a faculty to build a church here at his own expense. Sir Richard was a Knight of the Garter who died on pilgrimage to the Holy Land the year after this church was built and was buried in Jerusalem. The surviving building has very little architectural detail but is full of character. It is filled with box pews and its brick walls and limewashed walls create a domestic atmosphere.

The font is older than the church and must have been brought from elsewhere. There are some fine textboards - a familiar furnishing in this part of England - and a good Royal Arms of George IV. During the nineteenth century settlement on this marshy ground meant that wooden upright supports had to be installed down the centre of the building although these were replaced in the twentieth century by the present tie beams. There are some unusual late nineteenth century angels painted on the wall over the altar.

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