St Andrew's church, Bishopstone :: Shared Description

Grade I listed

The church may be one of the earliest in Sussex, and consists of a western tower, south porch, nave with north aisle, choir and chancel(sanctuary).
The porch and nave are largely Saxon, the tower is 12th century, as is the north aisle and choir. The sanctuary at the east end was added towards the end of the 12th century.
There were several restorations in the 19th century, and further repairs in the 1950s.

The south porch was once used as a side chapel, and also contains a 14th century niche which was possibly an Easter Sepulchre. Above the door there is a Saxon sundial with the name "Eadric", who may have been a Bishop. The sundial marks the four tides of the day.

The tower is of four stages which was added to the west end of the Saxon church. Inside there is a recovered coffin slab from the 12th century, which was discovered in the 19th century. There are two bells from the 18th century.

The nave is also Saxon, no later than the 10th century. The nave and choir roof were restored in 1885.
The chancel, which is now the choir dates from the 12th century and has two bays with Chevron ornamentation.
The font is simple 12th century type with a square bowl.

The church contains windows from Clayton and Bell and James Powell & Sons mainly from the late 19th and early 20th century.
There is a modest two manual organ.
by Julian P Guffogg
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TQ4700 : Coffin Slab, St Andrew's church, Bishopstone by Julian P Guffogg
TQ4700 : Stained glass window, St Andrew's church, Bishopstone by Julian P Guffogg
TQ4700 : Stained glass window, St Andrew's church, Bishopstone by Julian P Guffogg
TQ4700 : Interior, St Andrew's church, Bishopstone by Julian P Guffogg
TQ4700 : St Andrew's Church, Bishopstone by PAUL FARMER
TQ4700 : Stained glass window, St Andrew's church, Bishopstone by Julian P Guffogg
TQ4700 : St Andrew's Church, Bishopstone- war memorials by Basher Eyre
TQ4700 : St Andrew's church, Bishopstone by Julian P Guffogg
TQ4700 : East Window, St Andrew's church, Bishopstone by Julian P Guffogg


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Created: Thu, 16 Apr 2015, Updated: Thu, 16 Apr 2015

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