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St Andrew, Jevington, Sussex

(50°47′34″N, 0°12′48″E)
TQ 561 016
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Sussex
now East Sussex
  • Kathryn Morrison

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Jevington church has an Anglo-Saxon W tower, with details which appear to have been restored in a 13thc. style except for the W doorway, which is in a 12thc. style. It is, nevertheless, undoubtedly Victorian, probably dating from the 1873 restoration. The nave has a 13thc. N aisle. A relief of Christ (Harrowing of Hell) was discovered under the floor of the W tower by Sir William Burrell in 1785 and is now set at the W end of the nave, on the N side. It is often thought to be Anglo-Saxon. There is a vestry (locked) on the N side of the two-bay chancel.


Exterior Features


Interior Features

Interior Decoration


On the relief panel, according to Tweddle (1996), 'there seems little doubt... that this piece belongs to the immediately post-Conquest period. The left-hand animal is plainly in the Urnes style, and the right-hand animal shares elements of this style. The Urnes style developed in Scandinavia c. 1025–50, but probably did not reach England until after the Conquest, according to Wilson and Klindt-Jensen 1966'. The identification of the stone as Caen seems to support this dating.

I. Nairn and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Sussex. Harmondsworth 1965, 546.

D. Tweddle, M. Biddle and B. Kjolbye-Biddle, Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture, Volume 4: SE England. Oxford 1996, 191-82

D. M. Wilson and O, Klindt-Jensen, Viking Art, London 1966, 153, 160