Sunday, 24 July 2011

St. Mary de Haura, Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex

For some reason I didn't take an outside picture of St. Mary de Haura, which we find in the south coast's Shoreham-by-Sea. I did take a picture of the ruined Norman remains, but not the building itself.

The town has a number of churches of note, but it's St. Mary's which is the most celebrated, featuring in Simon Jenkins' England's "1000 Best Churches" and, according to the church's own website, in Tim Tatton-Brown & John Crook's "The English Church: England's 100 Finest Parish Churches".
Photos inside were a bit limited too, as the nave was closed off to the public by gates low enough to hop over, but assertive enough to insist that this really wasn't the kind of thing one should do. The point of such gates is questionnable however. Anyone intent on vandalism would not share my qualms, so they only function to keep the good out whilst permitting the bad easy access.
I don't imagine my daughter would thank me for posting the above photo, but time was short so I had to make do. It's the font that's the point of this photo, nicely decorated. Below is a shot of the nave in all its splendour.
There are some more details about the church building and it's history on the church's website, as well as some far better photos than the ones you see here, including one of the Green Man, the plan of the original, the font without a leering 5 year old, the commemorative cross, the stained glass windows and an oyster shell colour-dish.

They have also included some more in-depth articles available as pdfs. This is an excellent resource and I hope more of our great church buildings follow suit as time goes on.

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