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St Peter and St Paul Church Lychgate - Shoreham, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Master Mariner
N 51° 19.978 E 000° 11.015
31U E 303808 N 5690619
Quick Description: This lychgate is at the south west entrance to the churchyard of St Peter and St Paul church in Shoreham, Kent. It is estimated that the lychgate was erected in the 19th century with the church, or parts of it, from the 11th century.
Location: South East England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 8/18/2019 5:28:29 AM
Waymark Code: WM1159B
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member rjmcdonough1
Views: 4

Long Description:

The lychgate is constructed of wood on top of rubble walls. The roof has a steep pitch and is covered with wooden tiles. There are inscriptions painted on the cross beam at each end of the lychgate that read:

I am the resurrection and the life saith the Lord


Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord

The church is Grade I listed with the entry at the Historic England website advising:

"Church sited on the edge of a village rich in historic buildings. The foundations of the Norman chancel were found under the nave in 1956-1957. C14 north wall; north chapel early Perpendicular; other features mostly late Perpendicular; c.1775 west tower, rebuilt after a fire. Chancel rebuilt and the north east vestry/organ chamber added in the 1860s restoration by Woodye; restoration in the 1950s.

MATERIALS: flint and stone rubble with freestone dressings; the tower flint with red brick dressings; tiled roofs.

PLAN: nave and chancel in one, west tower; south bay south arcade; north chapel, north east vestry/organ chamber; south east chapel, south west porch.

EXTERIOR: chancel with coped gable, diagonal buttresses with set-offs and three-light east window of 1953 (following war damage) with reticulated tracery. One Decorated and one Perpendicular style window to the nave. The C14 north chapel (now the vestry) has a two-light window (tracery much renewed), Woodyer's eastward extension is largely Decorated style but has a three-light Perpendicular east window. The south aisle is buttressed, one buttress partly rebuilt in red brick with three-light Perpendicular windows (much stonework renewal) with cinquefoil-headed lights and Tudor arched heads. Very lively design to three-stage tower with red brick banding to the lower and clasping toothed pilaster buttresses to the upper stages, above a red brick platband. The tower has a pierced red brick parapet and obelisk pinnacles with ball finals. Windows and doorways in the tower have proud architraves with keyblocks and capitals; pedimented clockface on west face, 1857 clock. The south west porch is remarkable: timber-framed and gabled with renewed cusped and pierced bargeboards. Although it has been extensively repaired the front posts and spandrels each side of the doorway are constructed out of the solid. The spandrels are carved with blind tracery. Much of the construction above the doorway and of the side walls appears to be C19 with ad hoc repairs, but the design of a plain crown post braced to the collar purlin may be original. The timber framed sides of the porch sit on a flint base and the tier of panels below the middle rail have flint infill. Above the rail are, to the front, five-light square-headed timber mullioned openings with traceried heads and, to the rear, panels filled with diagonal boarding."

Year: Estimated 19th century

St Peter & St Paul Church Church Street Shoreham Kent United Kingdom

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