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119. Hastings.—St. Clement's Church. Chancel, nave, north and south aisles with porches, and west tower, all the several portions being on a large scale but the whole so dilapidated and altered, that no farther notice is required than that the entire seems to be Perp. There is a crypt, or vault, under the chancel, but it could not be entered. All Saints' consists of the same members as St. Clement's wanting the north porch and the crypt, and the tower being groined at a considerable elevation. The same general description applies to both Churches. Chancel of All Saints' retains a trefoiled piscina, with a rose in the centre of the basin; and three cinqfoiled sedilia on the same level. Well preserved Brasses: "Here under thys ston lyeth the bodys of Thomas Goodenouth sometyme burges of this towne and Margaret his wyf of whose soules of your charite say a pater noster and a ave." In porch a mutilated stoup engaged in the wall, resembling a reduced copy of the font. East window of north aisle has a few small fragments of coloured glass. Castle. Mouldings of remains now exposed of E.E. character.

120. Heathfield.—Chancel, nave, north and south aisles with porches, and west tower with shingled spire. South aisle has chancel, which is Norm., or Tr. Norm., and may, not improbably, have been the chancel of the original church, which consequently must have been much smaller than the present structure; remainder of building being entirely of a later period, including some of Dec., if not of E.E., date, the interior being chiefly, or entirely, Perp. There are some small remnants of coloured glass. Under chancel is a crypt, which was not entered. North aisle rebuilt in 1851.

128. Hollington.—A very small church, solitary in a wood, of only chancel and nave, with a south porch, and a bell-cot, possibly the successor of an original bell-turret, over the west end. Porch of timber, not ancient. Windows squared, walls plastered, and not a trace of antiquity visible beyond the hood moulding over a door. A building totally devoid of interest.

137. Icklesham.—A church of rather curious arrangement, and maybe compared, or contrasted, with that of Climping in this county. It consists of chancel with north and south aisles (the latter not ranging with the former at the east end), tower at the western extremity of the north chancel-aisle, and nave with north and south aisles. The south chancel-aisle is private property, and both might perhaps more properly be styled chapels. The tower, which is vaulted, is Norm., as are also the nave and aisles, two small round-headed windows being yet visible in the south wall. The arch leading eastward from the south aisle is Norm., but that of the nave has been altered. The remainder of the building is E.E., with some later portions. In the high chancel is an ogee-headed piscina, perfect: in the south chancel another trefoiled and crocketed, mutilated. There are arcades in the north and south sides of the chancel-aisles. The nave appears short in proportion to the eastern division of the edifice, a common character of Norm, churches with E.E. alterations. N.B. In consequence of repairs in progress the nave was unroofed and locked up, so that the above observations are possibly incomplete.

140. Iford.—Chancel of this church contains a small piscina in south wall, and an ambry in opposite side : also an E.E. window, and an E.E. arch into a chapel on north, which, from indications without, was probably wider originally than now. There are many old paving tiles, but plain, and worn. Two very small Norm, windows under north and south arches of tower were probably replaced there from the transepts. Font E.E.

145. Jevington. Chancel, nave, north aisle, south porch, and west tower without stairs. Immediately above the tower arch, within the tower, but now concealed by a floor below it (which floor was' erected within memory, for the purpose of forming a schoolroom) is a rude representation of our Saviour holding