Page:Notes on the churches in the counties of Kent, Sussex, and Surrey.djvu/312

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NOTES TO SUSSEX.

Some scraps of good Perp. carved woodwork have been preserved. The doors in the north chancel and the west end of the south aisle are closed. During repairs of Lindfield church some timber of the old chancel roof was sold, of which a tie-beam and wall-piece are now placed conspicuously in the staircase of a new house at Hixted Place, in Twineham. Where also, under the front windows of the same building, are some carved stones, which formed the sides of a Perp. altar-tomb, removed from Lindfield church.—In the street of this village are many old timber houses.

162. Litlington.—This church includes chancel, nave with south porch, and a small shingled spire, or large bell-turret, over the west end. In the chancel are two sedilia with an E.E. shaft between them; at an unusual height from the pavement, which may have been lowered. There are also, a perfectly plain piscina, and two brackets in the eastern wall. The roof of the chancel, which is sadly covered with whitewash, seems about coeval with a good screen between the chancel and the nave. Remains of the roodloft exist. In the north wall of the chancel is a Perp. tombarch. Chancel is Norm.; frames of two small windows being visible, externally, in the east end, on each side of the present three-light Perp. window. The font is a plain octagon, with stem and base, Perp. The west end of this church seems to have been rebuilt in the Dec. period, or earlier. The south windows of the chancel, being pointed, appear to be E.E.; those opposite are round-headed Norm. Other Norm, windows, though closed, are perceptible; wherefore the walls generally may belong to that style, the diagonal buttresses having been added subsequently. In the north-west angle of the nave is a very small newel stair, once leading to a bell-turret, which, from marks on the exterior, must formerly have existed above, though it has now entirely vanished, its successor, now containing the bells, being fixed over the centre of the west end of the nave roof. The church-door is ancient, and retains its antique bolt.

163. Lodsworth.—This church has on the southern side "an open cloister of timber-work, connected with the porch." (Dallaway.) It was originally a chapelry to Easebourne, being so named in (Val. Eccl.)

164. Lordington.—In (A.D. 1291) " Ecclia de Lerdytone" is named, as also in (N.U.), where it is styled a parish, "paroichia;" and in (Val. Eccl.) we have "Racton cum Lurdyton," which latter title is (in Ecton's Lib. Val.) changed into Hurdyton; upon