I pass this building every day for work, and decided on impulse one day to stop and look more closely.
Balcombe is not mentioned in the Domesday Book, as the parish was then wasteland in Worth Forest. However by 1090 there was a church here, although nothing of its construction is known.
The tower was built in the 15th century, the rest of the church is mostly Victorian, built on a much altered fragment from the 13th or early 14th centuries.
The banner shown below hangs behind the lectern. The church contains many stained glass windows, the one shown below is in the north wall.
On the south side of the west door is a large stencil of the Annunciation, shown below. This was painted in 1987 by Mrs Jeremy Smith and her daughter Lady Verulam. Their initials are to be seen on the left hand of the bottom border.
Here is a picture of the Nave and Chancel.
The fine lychgate, constructed of oak, is modern, having been built in 2002.
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