Cut bench Mark on St Mary the Virgin Church, Warbleton, Sussex.
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Flymgibet
N 50° 56.446 E 000° 17.306
31U E 309502 N 5646739
Quick Description: Cut bench mark on Church. Found 7/26/08
Location: United Kingdom
Date Posted: 7/26/2008 2:39:46 PM
Waymark Code: WM49QK
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Meirion
Views: 12

Long Description:
This cut mark is on the South West aspect of the Church, the mark is in poor condition due to the soft Sussex sandstone.
Warbleton lies about 2 1/2 miles south east of Heathfield and south of Punnetts Town . It is a small hamlet in a very quiet and unspoilt part of East Sussex.
From the 1540's to the late 1700's the area near to Warbleton was in the heart of the Sussex Iron industry, with Cralle Furnace creating cannons and other implements. The finished goods were sent by river to the sea at Pevensey for export.
During the reign of Queen Mary (1553 - 1558) the Ironmaster Richard Woodman, who was also a churchwarden, publicly objected to the local Parish Priest changing from Protestant to Roman Catholic, as the queen had instructed. He was captured, and taken to London to stand trial. At his trial he showed remarkable knowledge of the Bible, and was able to quote from it verbatim. He was condemned by the Bishop of Winchester, and it is believed that he was locked in Warbleton Church Tower. On June 22nd 1557, he was burned to death with nine other martyrs in front of the Star Inn at Lewes.
During the early 1800's two of the tombstones in the churchyard were decorated with Harmer terracotta plaques, these were made by Jonathan Harmer who was a stonemason from Heathfield
Type of Trigpoint: Cut Bench Mark

Condition: Damaged

Number on Flush Bracket: none

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