Hardham TQ 03 17
West Sussex Directions - near Pulborough
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In the village of Hardham you will find the tiny 11th century St. Botolph's Church. It retains some of the original Norman slit windows and contains one of the UK's earliest and most complete schemes of early 12th century wall paintings. Scenes include the Annunciation, Visitation, Last Supper, Adam and Eve after the Fall, scenes from the life of Christ, startling comparisons between heaven and hell, St George on horseback. The paintings are part of a nationally important group, executed by a single workshop (from the great Cluniac priory at Lewes) which was active in a number of Sussex churches, including Clayton near Hurstpierpoint and Coombes near Steyning, where an Atlas figure strains to bear the weight of the chancel arch.

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 Picture Copyright Derry Brabbs 1985

English Country Churches - Weidenfeld & Nicolson

Copyright Peter Buttle

Updated 4 May 2002

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