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St Nicholas, Worth [Nov. 24th, 2015|09:27 am]
Tony Grist
According to Wikipedia, St Nicholas, Worth is the 4th oldest church in the country- though  how they can be sure when the dating is so imprecise. I really don't know. The spire is Victorian, the roof is 20th century, windows have been inserted, but apart from that the structure is essentially as the Saxons built it- round about a thousand years ago.


[User Picture]From: puddleshark
2015-11-24 11:25 am (UTC)
That is impressive.

Though why the Victorians thought they had to add a spire to it...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-11-24 11:53 am (UTC)
Yes, it doesn't need one. At least the spire's not particularly domineering.
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[User Picture]From: kamomil
2015-11-24 11:38 am (UTC)
Some of those windows look Gothic but the smaller ones look Romanesque

It looks pretty sturdy!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-11-24 11:55 am (UTC)
It would have been a very dark little building if they'd hadn't put in some larger windows. The originals are tiny.
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[User Picture]From: resonant
2015-11-24 01:28 pm (UTC)
It seems to have a larger variety of different-coloured stones than usual. Or is that just because it's not covered with soot or something like more urban stone structures?
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[User Picture]From: heleninwales
2015-11-24 02:39 pm (UTC)
It's possibly because when the church was built 1000 years ago, there were a lot of stones lying around that were gathered up to use in the walls. Cottages would have been wooden framed and wattle and daub. Later buildings tend to be made from stone all cut from the same quarry, so it's more uniform.

At least that's what happened in the little Welsh town where I live. The oldest building has examples of all the different local stones whereas the stones in the church are all the same, as are the stones in the bank.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-11-24 06:46 pm (UTC)
I agree with what Helininwales has to say. And I'd want to add that the Saxons were more used to building in wood- which is one reason why Saxon buildings are such a rarity- and why their stonework has such a rough, cobbled together look.
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2015-11-24 04:07 pm (UTC)
Ooh lovely, is Worth near Crawley>
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-11-24 06:47 pm (UTC)
That's right. Just to the east of it.
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