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St Bartholomew, Burwash, Sussex

(50°59′50″N, 0°23′18″E)
TQ 677 247
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Sussex
now East Sussex
  • Kathryn Morrison
11 September 2015

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Feature Sets

Burwash is a large village in the Rother district of East Sussex, 10 miles SE of Tunbridge Wells and 12 miles NW of Hastings. The W tower is all that remains of an early 12thc. church, rebuilt piecemeal with the addition of N and S aisles later in the medieval period.


The manor of Burwash, to which the church belonged, is not mentioned in DS but probably then formed part of Bellingham. There is no documentary evidence for the construction of the church.


Exterior Features



Although the VCH asserts that the S and W capitals are `renewed' and the N capital `original' (VCH, ix, p.199), it is clear that all three have been replaced together with their shafts and bases, with the sole exception of the worn N base. This probably took place during the restoration of 1856. The original capitals, from the design of the bell openings, would have dated from the early 12thc.


Victoria County History: Sussex 2, 1907, 347.

Victoria County History: Sussex. 9 (Rape and Honour of Hastings). 1937, 194-200.

'Sussex Views' (selected from the Burrell Collection), Sussex Record Society, 1951, ill.33 (Burrell 5670 f.53).

I. Nairn and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Sussex. Harmondsworth 1965, 463.