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St Botolph, Hardham [Aug. 9th, 2018|08:58 am]
Tony Grist
We followed the signpost to Hardham Church Farm and wound up in a farmyard where a man sitting in the cab of his tractor told us we'd missed the turning and if we went back down the track we'd see the church across the fields to our left. "It's worth seeing," he said.

And so it is.

St Botolph, Hardham has a nearly complete set of early medieval murals- including the earliest paintings of St George anywhere in England. The building is probably pre-Conquest (dating things in the early medieval period is largely a matter of informed guesswork) and the murals were painted around 1100 by artists known as "The Lewes School"- because they may have worked (informed guesswork again) under the direction of the Prior of Lewes. Their work survives in three other local churches- Coombes, Clayton and Plumpton.





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[User Picture]From: puddleshark
2018-08-09 12:25 pm (UTC)
What a fabulous church!

Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-08-09 01:06 pm (UTC)
There's more to come....
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2018-08-09 02:26 pm (UTC)
What a fantastic little church! And with Romanesque murals that are in pretty good shape. This place goes on my list. Wow!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-08-10 07:21 pm (UTC)
You might want to put Clayton on the list too- same area, same school of painters, similar degree of preservation.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2018-08-10 09:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2018-08-10 06:27 pm (UTC)
And you were able to just walk in....? I love that about so many English churches. They're open, or easily accessible via a friendly neighbor with a key.

Wikipedia has a nice write-up on this church, including a description of the full program of murals.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Botolph%27s_Church,_Hardham


Edited at 2018-08-10 06:29 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-08-10 07:18 pm (UTC)
I did quite a lot of research on Hardham before we went there. Sometimes I visit churches at random but this was one I especially wanted to see. I also wanted to be sure we'd find it open- because it would have been a long way to go to find a locked door.
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