St. Botolph's Church

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alan2303
Shoreham-by-Sea, UK774 bidrag
jan. 2021 • Par
It’s easy to pass by this little church giving little thought as to how long it might have been there but if you work out how many generations have worshipped here it gives you a new perspective. We are blessed with a number of Saxon churches in Sussex and my own parish church has some Saxon features, but this one is worth a half hour of anyone’s time. True, it isn’t exactly exciting, but sometimes appreciating a historic monument requires a little effort. Worth pausing for a while to find out a few details of this church.
Skrevet 10. februar 2021
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jeannette locorriere
Brighton, UK3 bidrag
sep. 2019 • Alene
A beautiful Saxon church. My great grandparents lived in the tiny village of Botolphs in the 1860’s and my grandfather was christened here.
The church is beautifully preserved and has original Saxon murals on the walls, a wonderful original font and Jacobean pulpit. The side windows were slanted so people from the leper colony in Bramber could stand outside to watch the vicars sermon. Parts of the outer walls have archways showing where the church was made bigger when the village grew. As the village shrunk the extensions were removed and bricked up.
It’s a very peaceful place to visit and a must-see if your passing this way on the South Downs on Annington Road.
Skrevet 14. august 2020
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sbizzle
Ludlow, UK1 462 bidrag
jun. 2019 • Par
You can do a wonderful walk ( “Steyning and District Walks no.1” ) which takes in the churches of St.Nicholas at Bramber, St.Peter’s in Upper Beeding and lastly St.Botolphs. Highly recommended!
St.Botolphs dates from around 1250 but has a Jacobean pulpit and door, and intriguing but faded murals, as well as two ‘slit’ windows which were apparently so that the lepers from the colony at Bramber could see in!!
Skrevet 30. juni 2019
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Matt N
Reigate, UK54 bidrag
apr. 2019 • Alene
This is the second time I have visited this church whilst spending the weekend hiking the downs. It is a small and modest building, but has a simple beauty and calming atmosphere. Each time I popped in for a minute to take a seat, then left over an hour later in deep rumination.
Skrevet 8. april 2019
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Mike B
Steyning, UK95 bidrag
des. 2018 • Par
An ancient church set in a beautiful setting on the edge of the Sussex national park. Well worth a visit
Skrevet 17. desember 2018
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christine.lindsay1
Pulborough, UK44 bidrag
feb. 2018 • Venner
Amazing front door to this church - it is the oldest church front door in West Sussex having been constructed in the 12th century! Amazing history to the church outlined in a souvenir guide (price £3) which can be purchased inside the church entitled "Steyning Parish Church of St Andrew and St Cuthman - second edition" We wandered around the church looking at all the different features outlined in the guide and found it so interesting. Legend has it that St Cuthman apparently wheeled his mother in a barrow to Steyning wearing a rope around his neck. "when that broke, he replaced it with an elder sapling and when this also failed, he stopped and built his church." By 858AD the church was sufficiently important for the King of Wessex to be buried there and here we are more than 1000 years later to be able to visit the church and its grave yard!
Skrevet 20. februar 2018
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Dan M
Spokane, WA71 bidrag
sep. 2017 • Alene
On my frequent trips to England, I never pass up the opportunity to visit a Saxon church when one is in the vicinity. I selected the town of Bramber as a central location for visiting many sites in south central England. I was thrilled to learn that the Saxon church of St. Botolph was within a comfortable walking distance from the town. Although one is able to drive to the church, walking there is a very pleasant option.
Unlike visiting many historic sites, St. Botolph’s can be viewed with little or no extraneous distractions. The church occupies a solitary position in a pastoral
setting just on the edge of the South Downs.. I had the luxury of being the only visitor at the time. My solitude was interrupted only by an occasional chirping of
birds.
Once again, I have to congratulate England for their active role in preserving their historic treasures. This building has benefitted from winning the National Lottery. I believe plans for more preservation are in the future, but I think they have done a remarkable job. I was unable to find the exact date this edifice was erected, but naturally, it predates the arrival of William the Conqueror in 1066.
St. Botolph’s possesses many fine features that some other Saxon churches are lacking. Fragments of an ancient Dooms day mural had been uncovered and preserved. Doom pictures depicting devils pushing evil people off cliffs and into hell were occasionally painted on the walls. Since most people in the countryside were illiterate, these murals were a means of keeping the people on the straight and narrow. There are two narrow windows near the altar that were created to enable lepers from nearby Sele Priory Hospital to view the mass without infecting other parishioners. Visitors will also be able to see one original Saxon window with the typical rounded top. What is particularly unique in this Saxon church is the beautiful oak Jacobean pulpit dating from 1630. The church also has oak paneling carved with designs similar to the pulpit. Although the paneling is obviously old, no information was available regarding its age. One other feature of note is the square baptism font. There was no explanation when this object was placed in the church. An excursion to St. Botolph’s is well worth the time.
Skrevet 23. januar 2018
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