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St Andrew, Jevington [Jul. 4th, 2016|09:45 am]
Tony Grist
Jevington is where my mother used to stable her racehorses. We passed through on the way back from Beachy Head.

St Andrew's church has a Saxon tower.  Halfway up you can see where they reused Roman tiles to frame a window that is no longer there.

The woman with her back to the camera was cycling through the Downs with her dog running along beside her. The dog was carrying a large stone in its mouth and wouldn't be parted from it.

Inside there's this. It may be Saxon, it may be a bit later. No-one really knows. It represents the Risen Christ triumphing over evil beasties. A Victorian rector found it buried under the floor- where- presumably it had been placed to protect it from iconoclasts.

And then there's this. The 1750s monument to Charles and Leonora Rochester. I've never seen anything quite like it. She predeceased him and is shown peering in faint, ghostly fashion from behind his more corporeal shoulder. It's an odd, proto-romantic conceit- and not something you'd expect anyone to have come up with in the mid 18th century.

The parishioners are serving free tea and cakes in the church on selected dates through the summer- and I said I'd publicise this for them. The remaining dates are...

Saturday, August 6
Saturday, August 27
Saturday, September 17

From: cmcmck
2016-07-04 11:03 am (UTC)
The risen Christ is OLD!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-07-04 12:17 pm (UTC)
Yes. Estimates of its date range between 950-1100 AD
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[User Picture]From: splodgenoodles
2016-07-04 11:47 am (UTC)
Is that Jesus wearing jodhpurs?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-07-04 12:18 pm (UTC)
That would be great fun, but I'm afraid it's just a loin cloth.
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[User Picture]From: basefinder
2016-07-04 01:33 pm (UTC)
That Rochester monument would raise the hair on my neck if I saw it in person unexpectedly.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-07-04 02:42 pm (UTC)
Spooky- but in a nice way...
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From: athenais
2016-07-04 04:58 pm (UTC)
The Rochester monument is really interesting and peculiar. I have never seen such a representation before! He looks like he's crowding her out of the picture.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-07-04 05:05 pm (UTC)
He's high relief, she's very low relief. If you stand right in front of the memorial it looks as if she's growing out of the side of his head- which makes me think, incidentally that it's designed to be viewed from the angle I've chosen.
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