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St Peter, Hellingly, Sussex

(50°53′15″N, 0°14′46″E)
TQ 581 122
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Sussex
now East Sussex
  • Kathryn Morrison

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The earliest elements of the church, dating fromc.1200, are the two N chancel windows (bobbin shaft-rings and crocket capitals), and the E responds of the N aisle. Pieces of Romanesque sculpture, however, are incorporated within the fabric of the chancel and N transept.



Interior Features

Interior Decoration

String courses




The windows in the N wall of the chancel and the E respond of the nave arcade, representing the remains of an arcade, date from c.1200. The window shafts have bobbin-rings and carry crocket capitals; the E respond of the N arcade consists of five capitals on keeled shafts, the four lateral capitals having smooth leaves developing into crockets, foliate volutes or sprays on the upper angles, and the central semi-circular capital being simply moulded at top and bottom. The palmette string course which was reused as a sill for the existing chancel windows can be dated to the second quarter of the 12thc. on stylistic grounds. Comparable work is the frieze above the relief of Christ visiting Martha and Mary in Chichester Cathedral. There is no evidence for the original position of the string course.

There are no parallels for the font in Sussex. Smooth, fat stems bound by rings recur at Sompting (reset fragment in chancel and rear of Christ in Majesty relief in nave), but the design here is different.

I. Nairn and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Sussex. Harmondsworth 1965, 531-32.