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Tours > Sussex Churches > Icklesham

All Saints - Icklesham
TQ 881166; Two Miles West of Winchelsea

Standing next to the busy A259 Coast Road, Icklesham Church is one of the gems of East Sussex. Its tall Norman tower of contrasting stonework competes with the surrounding trees. It is not surprising to learn that there has been a place of worship here since AD722. On entering the west door the eye is taken by an impressive Norman arcade, through a wide Chancel arch into a long and impressive chancel terminating in a Victorian five-light window. Of the two aisles, the southern one is the most interesting for it retains its original twelfth century windows. On the south side of the chancel is the Manor Chapel built in the thirteenth century. Beautifully light it has impressive contemporary wall arcading terminating in a delightful little piscina, although it is by no means certain that they are in their original location.

The chapel contains a memorial to Jack Merricks who died in 1970. The inscription composed by a local poet was carved by one of the twentieth century's most highly regarded sculptors, David Kindersley. The church was restored by that redoubtable nineteenth century architect, S.S. Teulon and the gloopy font and fantastic corbels that support the nave roof are of his unmistakable design.

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