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Tours > Sussex Churches > Southease

Dedication Unknown - Southease
TQ 422052; Three Miles South of Lewes

There are three churches in Sussex that feature Round Towers. These are a fairly uncommon feature in England (with a total of 181 and only 6 outside East Anglia). The three Sussex examples are Southease, Lewes St. Michael and Piddinghoe, all near toe River Ouse. They were designed in this manner partly through a lack of building stone to make corners (they are all found in Flint areas) and partly for stylistic reasons.

The tower is of Saxon date and is capped by a picturesque conical spire. The church has been shortened by the reduction in length of its chancel and the internal division between to the two portions of the church is now formed by a timber arch with plaster infill. There are traces of medieval wall paintings, but nothing in comparison with other churches in the area. The lovely organ dates from 1790 and was probably first intended for a private house.

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