Church #1

Pete Costick

England, United Kingdom

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Holy Trinity Church, Cuckfield, Sussex, England.
An ancient building, some parts of which are over 700 years old.

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The building:
13th C.
The small chapel was extended into the south aisle by opening the south wall into three arches supported by circular columns. The square tower was also built up to the string course.
14th C.
The north aisle was added with another three arches supported by circular columns. Building of the chancel and side chapels followed to complete the church structure, including the trefoil corbel for the castellated table on top of the tower and the shingled spire. The walls of the nave and chancel were raised to accommodate clerestory windows above the aisle roofs.
15th C.
The external aisle walls were raised to slope the roof in one span from the ridge, thereby blinding the clerestory windows.
16th C.
The Sergison (or mortuary) chapel was built adjoining
the north side chapel, probably by the Bowyer family, and inherited by the Sergisons. In 1888, the Sergison family gifted it to the church and it was renovated as the clergy vestry.
19th C.
From 1855 onwards there were major refurbishments to the interior of the church, giving it its present predominantly Victorian aspect.. \the tower stairway dates from 1870, as do many of the interior fittings of the tower. The north porch was rebuilt in 18778 and the south porch in 1883 to a design by
C. E. Kempe (1838-1907), a worshipping member of this church.
20th C.
The south side of the roof with its Horsham stone was restored in 1923 owing to its dangerous state, and the slate roof in the north side replaced the following year. The stone on the roof weighs approximately 81tonnes.
The tower spire was reshingled in 1869 and again in 1973, but in 1980, it was destroyed by fire and had to be replaced by the present structure, which is built around a steel framework rather than the original timber construction.

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