St Mary the Virgin, Ticehurst, East Sussex - 30th March 2004

This first view of St Marys shows the height of the tower in comparison to the aisles (which, looking at the stonework at their ends, have been raised at some point in their history).  The west window is enormous, taking almost the entire width of the tower.

The earliest written evidence of a church at Ticehurst is in a document dated 1180.  Nothing definite remains from that period, the present structure is almost all of the late 14th century.  The church was probably built by Sir William de Etchingham after he completed Etchingham church in 1360.  Although most of the building is therefore 600 years old, there has been some restoration, especially the windows, and much of the chancel has been rebuilt.

St Mary the Virgin, Ticehurst, East Sussex, 30th March 2004 - MTC

Here are two views of the nave, the first looking east into the chancel, the second looking west back to the tower arch.  With the sun in the west, the light in the second was not ideal!  The chancel arch was rebuit and raised in 1879.  The present rood screen was carved locally in 1916.  The west window is of Decorated style and has its original 14th century tracery.

Nave, looking east, St Mary the Virgin, Ticehurst, East Sussex, 30th March 2004 - MTCNave, looking west, St Mary the Virgin, Ticehurst, East Sussex, 30th March 2004 - MTC

Here is the east window, which is Perpendicular in style, and contains glass from 1879.  The central part of the stained glass won first prize at the Paris Exhibition in 1878.  The whole of the east end of the church had to be rebuilt from ground level in 1856, but copied exactly what was there before.

East Window, St Mary the Virgin, Ticehurst, East Sussex, 30th March 2004 - MTC

The window in the north wall of the chancel is on of the four top historic stained glass windows in England and is made up of fragments of glass dating back to 1452 or earlier.  The window is shown below, one of the complete window and two detail close ups.

Doom Window, St Mary the Virgin, Ticehurst, East Sussex, 30th March 2004 - MTC

Below the arms of de Etchingham is part of a 'doom' or picture of the last judgement.  There is a cart, pulled by devils, taking the wicked down to Hell.  In the carts are figures wearing a crown, a bishop's mitre and a Pope's tiara!

Doom Window, St Mary the Virgin, Ticehurst, East Sussex, 30th March 2004 - MTCDoom Window, St Mary the Virgin, Ticehurst, East Sussex, 30th March 2004 - MTC

In the south wall of the chancel is the attractive window below depicting The Virgin Mary and St John.

Doom Window, St Mary the Virgin, Ticehurst, East Sussex, 30th March 2004 - MTC

To the south of the chancel is the Clergy Vestry, previously the Pashley Chapel, which also now contains the pipe organ.  There is a squint giving a view of the altar from here.

The font, with its fine oak cover, is of unknown date.  The inscription around the base has been lost except the words "God" and "Elizabeth Chefe".  The church registers tell us that Elizabeth Swathlynge married John Chefe in the church on 17th March 1581.

The font, St Mary the Virgin, Ticehurst, East Sussex, 30th March 2004 - MTCThe organ, St Mary the Virgin, Ticehurst, East Sussex, 30th March 2004 - MTC

In the northern, or Courthorpe, Chapel, is located this Victorian funeral bier.

Funeral Bier, St Mary the Virgin, Ticehurst, East Sussex, 30th March 2004 - MTC

The first of these two heads rests in the squint in the Pashley Chapel, the second is located in the corner of the porch is clutching a sheild.

St Mary the Virgin, Ticehurst, East Sussex, 30th March 2004 - MTCSt Mary the Virgin, Ticehurst, East Sussex, 30th March 2004 - MTC

Here are the windows of the south aisle, starting in the south west corner.

Window, St Mary the Virgin, Ticehurst, East Sussex, 30th March 2004 - MTCWindow, St Mary the Virgin, Ticehurst, East Sussex, 30th March 2004 - MTC

Window, St Mary the Virgin, Ticehurst, East Sussex, 30th March 2004 - MTCWindow, St Mary the Virgin, Ticehurst, East Sussex, 30th March 2004 - MTC

Here are the windows from the north aisle, starting at the east end.

Window, St Mary the Virgin, Ticehurst, East Sussex, 30th March 2004 - MTCWindow, St Mary the Virgin, Ticehurst, East Sussex, 30th March 2004 - MTCWindow, St Mary the Virgin, Ticehurst, East Sussex, 30th March 2004 - MTC

This statue of the Virgin Mary occupies an ancient niche above the porch door.

The Virgin Mary, St Mary the Virgin, Ticehurst, East Sussex, 30th March 2004 - MTC

Here is a final picture of this glorious building taken from the southern churchyard.

St Mary the Virgin, Ticehurst, East Sussex, 30th March 2004 - MTC

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