A brief history of an ancient church
The Church was built between 600 and 800 AD and is perhaps the oldest Saxon Church in Sussex. It has a sundial over the porch inscribed 'Eadric' who may have been the first incumbent!
The tower houses bells hung in 1761.
Restoration work is now complete. Stunning Anglo Saxon and Norman architectural features have been found beneath Victorian plaster. We now have a Medieval aumbry and a piscina in the Sanctuary. There is a Priests window above the Porch and an 11th Century North window in the Nave. There is also the remnant of a wall painting on the West wall. '
Come and see'! We hope that you will enjoy your visit here, and that something of Gods love and peace may remain with you .
There is much more to add to the history of the church and parish. Please come back in a few weeks!
The Sussex Archaeological Collection has interesting article by Pamela Combes - Bishopstone, a Pre-Conquest Minster Church, that can be found here
. At the end is an extensive bibliography.
The Council for British Archaeology publication British Archaeology has an article by Gabor Thomas 'THE BIG DIG: Bishopstone and Lyminge' that you can access here.