Exploring the East Sussex villages and Churches.
Like many of us, I love a good film. Even better if it has a detailed plot and something that makes me think. Within the last couple of years, I watched ‘The Da Vinci Code‘ which I loved, a great plot, lots of excitement and varied music. Although the film is not entirely accurate, it still inspired me to have a look at a local ancient church. And what a surprise I was in for.
I was aware of the church, there’s a sign before the turning displaying ‘Historic Church’, but didn’t really pay any attention to it until my inquisitive nature decided to make me investigate. The approach road, all of about two hundred meters, has a very convenient little car park and best of all, it’s free. The walk into the church grounds is literally one minute, although you do walk up the road a few meters which if you are in a wheel chair could be a little bit tricky if cars come up the lane.
The entrance to the church grounds is through a gated arch and immediately on your left is a yew tree, thought to be approximately one thousand years old. As you walk around the main church building there are grave stones dating back hundred of years with some very surprising names towards the back of the cemetery. For example, buried in the cemetery is Kenneth Milne, brother of A A Milne.
The main church building entrance is round the back. The main door has grates installed to stop birds wandering in and getting caught, this is the entrance. It was three steps into this entrance that got my imagination whirring, ‘The Last Supper‘ hanging in an arch on the right side.
I was hooked, this church needed more exploring. With the traditional pews lining the center of the church, the dim light from candles burning and the absolute silence, one can contemplate.
If you are ever passing Wivelsfield in East Sussex, have an hour to spare, stop and explore.
The church website is: http://www.wivelsfieldchurch.org.uk
Location: The Vicarage, Church Lane, Wivelsfield, HAYWARDS HEATH. RH17 7RD