All Saints, Mountfield, East Sussex - 7th (&28th) February 2004

Taken in the late afternoon sun, the warm stones of this lovely village church look quite wonderful; and we received a wonderful warm welcome from Mrs Spriggs, the wife of the late Rev. Harold Spriggs, who was rector of this parish for many years (and a name I am very familiar with from the Netherfield registers!).  We also met the verger who used to live in the village, Chiddingstone, where I went to school - it is a very small world!

All Saints, Mountfield, East Sussex - 7th February 2004 - MTC#

There are the church banner and the font, apparently one of the largest in the county!

Banner, All Saints, Mountfield, East Sussex - 7th February 2004 - MTCThe font, All Saints, Mountfield, East Sussex - 7th February 2004 - MTC

On each side of the chancel arch is a squint.  These allow people to observe the activities in the chancel; this is the one on the north side of the arch.

Squint, All Saints, Mountfield, East Sussex - 7th February 2004 - MTC

Here is the east window.

East window, All Saints, Mountfield, East Sussex - 7th February 2004 - MTC

This small window is in the chancel, the inscription on a plaque beneath it reads: "To the greater glory of God and in loving memory of John David MacBride Crofts, Priest M.A. Oxon., who, as Vicar of Mountfield 1880-1897 worshipped near this spot. June 27th 1907"

Chancel window, All Saints, Mountfield, East Sussex - 7th February 2004 - MTC

This is my favourite window in the church, situated in the north wall adjacent to the chancel arch.

Window, All Saints, Mountfield, East Sussex - 7th February 2004 - MTC

Two more windows from the church.  The first depicts the presentation of Christ at the temple, and the second, has a theme of chairty.  Under the second is an plaque which reads "To the glory of God in loving memory of Harriet Mary Crofts, Sister of St John's Clewer, kind superior of the House of Charity, London, who entered into rest  November 16th 1883, she hath done what she could. St Mark XIV:8".

Window, All Saints, Mountfield, East Sussex - 7th February 2004 - MTCWindow, All Saints, Mountfield, East Sussex - 7th February 2004 - MTC

Here are two views of the nave, one looking west to the organ on its gallery, the second looking east to into the chancel.

Nave, All Saints, Mountfield, East Sussex - 7th February 2004 - MTC

Nave looking east, All Saints, Mountfield, East Sussex - 28th February 2004 - MTC

With the sun lower in the sky, I took this picture from the east as we left on the 7th February.

All Saints, Mountfield, East Sussex - 7th February 2004 - MTC

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