East Hoathly, East Sussex - 22nd August 2003

East Hoathly church has no dedication.

East Hoathly church is perpendicular in style, with a Pelham tower (donated by the Pelham family and with the family's emblem - the Pelham Buckle).  The perpendicular style of architecture dates from between 1350 and 1550; the last stage of Gothic architecture.  However the spandrels also contain carvings of the coat of arms of another local family called Lunsford, their arms being a chevron between three boars' heads.  A will of William Lunsford of 1529 leaves significant funds towards the steeple of church, so perhaps this explains the carvings.

The main body of the church was rebuilt, apart from the tower, in 1855.  During the rebuilding a Norman pillar piscina was found in the foundations, and can now be seen near the altar. There are very finely worked mosaics around the altar, although in my opinion these do not add much to the building.

East Hoathly's name is derived from the old English hap-leah. Hap is heather and ly from the original leagh, meaning a clearing in the forest hence heather covered clearing.  And indeed as you can see, heather still covers parts of the churchyard today!

East Hoathly Church, 22nd August 2003 - MTC

Here is the inside, looking towards the chancel and east window. 

Inside East Hoathly Church - 22nd August 2003

East Hoathly church has some attractive windows, sadly as it was such a bright sunny day my digital camera does not do them justice - the lighter areas are washed out.

East Hoathly window - 22nd August 2003 - MTCEast Hoathly window - 22nd August 2003 - MTC

The church has a good website with more historical information.

Digital photographs

There is a page for East Hoathly Church in my Postcard Album.

From the 1882 Kelly's directory:

"East Hoathly is a parish and village, on the road from Uckfield to Hailsham, 5 miles south-east from Uckfield, 8 north-east from Lewes and 48 by road from London, in the Eastern division of the county, Uckfield union, Shiplak hundred, Lewes county court district and rape of Pevensey, rural deanery of Pevensey (No. 3), archdeaconry of Lewes and diocese of Chichester.  The area is 2,500 acres; rateable value £3,162 ; the population in 1881 was 857."

"The old church (name unknown), a building of the Early English period, was, with the exception of the tower, taken down in 1856 and rebuilt: it now consists of chancel, nave, aisles, porch and a battlemented tower containing 6 bells, four of which were retuned and two re-cast in 1876, the latter being gifts respectively of the Rev. Edward Langdale M.A. late rector, and the other of the Earl of Chichester, and a clock with Westminster chimes was added by a bequest of the late Mrs. General Kemp. A set of silver parcel gilt communion plate was also presented, by subscription, at a cost of £80, in 1881. The old tower of this church possesses a very fine doorway, in the Tudor style, bearing the arms of the Pelham family, at the extremity of the dripstones : in panel above the door­way are boars' heads, the crest of the Lunsfordes of Whyly. The register dates from the year 1560. The living is a rectory, yearly value £400, with residence, in the gift of the Marquis of Abergavenny and held by the Rev. Harry Harbord M.A. of Trinity College, Dublin."


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