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St George, Ivychurch [Nov. 9th, 2018|09:53 am]
Tony Grist
Another Romney Marsh church.

This is St George, Ivychurch. And again the Victorians very largely kept their mitts off it. They did enough to stop it falling down and that was that. Once again most of the window glass is clear- and the building is full of unmodified natural light.

And, look! No pews! I despise pews.

The north aisle contains a collection of old-time farm equipment.

The royal arms on are- let me see- those of George III.

And here's a shot of the exterior. St George's is big and grand. The dedicated website says this has less to do with the wealth of its village- that has always been small- than with the prestige of the archbishops of Canterbury who were its builders and patrons.


[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2018-11-09 04:11 pm (UTC)
It looks very fortress-like on the outside. I like that!

Was there any reason for the farm equipment display?

Pews are a fairly modern thing... for the lower/working class worshippers, anyway. I do like the open look and they have chairs handy.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-11-09 05:11 pm (UTC)
A lot of South Coast churches have a military aspect. I suspect it has something to do with the likelihood of them being raided by the French.

The farm implements are the collection of a local family (I think). They advertise it- rather grandly- as a museum of rural life. It's as good a use for a vacant aisle as any.
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2018-11-09 08:06 pm (UTC)
absolutely gorgeous. Yes, rather military but still. Way older than anything I've ever seen.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-11-10 07:54 am (UTC)
13th century I believe...
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[User Picture]From: puddleshark
2018-11-10 06:40 am (UTC)
Another wonderful church. Thank you.

Lack of funds for restoration in the 19th century often turns out to be a real blessing for a church in the long run.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-11-10 08:03 am (UTC)
It does.

If you want to find a church round here that hasn't been mucked about you go looking in areas that were remote and impoverished in the 19th century- most notably Romney Marsh and the Sussex Downs.
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