Southwick, St Mary the Virgin

Southwick, St Mary the Virgin

Southwick, St Mary the Virgin.

The tower is well buttressed and unusually decorated. The first is accounted for by the susceptibility of the earth to subside on account of the Romans extracting iron stone from the vicinity. The latter from the patronage of Sir John Knyvet, Lord Chancellor to Edward lll who owned the estate here and whose family commenced the building of adjacent Southwick Hall ( . The tower itself contains three shields on the north front showing the arms of Knyvet, on the south those of the Bassett family, both coming together on the west front. They record the marriage of Sir John to Elizabeth Bassett in 1381. High above the spire is decorated with crockets and unusual lucarnes ( gabled openings). Before indulging in Roubilliac’s masterpiece, take time to look at the small brass tablet set into the floor to ...

Contact & Opening Times

Often open but if assistance is required contact Rosemary Coats on 01832 274589 or Sue Cartwright on 01832 274193 or Rev. Hindle on 01832 281512.

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