St Andrew, Bishopstone, Sussex - 2nd January 2004

Two exterior photographs of this lovely little church will have to suffice - we found it locked. 

The churchyard was in immaculate condition, a real credit to the Parish.

St Andrew, Bishopstone, Sussex - 2nd January 2004 - MTC

Bishopstone may well be the earliest church in Sussex, with some authorities suggesting it may date from the eighth century.  The eastern end was rebuilt about 1200, perhaps to make room for the Bishop of Chichester's chaplains.  Bishopstone was an episcopal manor and residence, hence the name. 

St Andrew, Bishopstone, Sussex - 2nd January 2004 - MTC

Earlier alterations, in the mid 12th century, included the new west tower and the conversion of the south Saxon transept chapel (or porticus) into a porch.  The doorway is entirely 12th century and has the characteristic zig-zag work round the head which is so characteristic of that date.

The sundial above the entrance is Saxon, probably 11th century and bears the name of the donor, Eadric.

Since our visit there a notice has been put up on the notice board which means an internal visit is now much easier:

Notice to Visitors

Throughout the summer months, from Easter Day,
St. Andrew’s , Bishopstone, will be unlocked
On Wednesdays after mass til 4 o’clock.
Please come along to see .......... or simply pray.

This Saxon church, set in its downland site
Since sev’n sev’nty (or thereabouts) AD,
Has been restored inside painstakingly.
It’s worth a look – the walls pristine, off-white.

If Wednesdays are no good, then with aplomb,
Get Roger (bacon@waitrose.com),
Or telephone on 01323-
896484. The tour is free.
[Well almost free – a slot within the wall
Will gladly take a gift ........... however small.]

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