Itchingfield church

A lovely pre-wedding visit to plan the photography for a wedding at St Nicolas church at Itchingfield, West Sussex.

There is a beautiful Tudor priest house in the graveyard and a stunning Romanesque nave inside with soft window light (“God’s softbox” in action!).

But the piece de la resistance is the wooden bell tower.  I thought it was only a traditional Sussex timber shingle spire at first sight – remarkable on its own – but I rounded the west end and saw its full oak structure rising to the sky.  The bride-to-be told me how the whole tower shakes when the bells ring: it’s not actually attached to the church.

Oh, and it’s over 600 years old.  Amazing.

St Nicolas Church, Itchingfield, Horsham, West Sussex.

 

St Nicolas Church, Itchingfield, Horsham, West Sussex.

St Nicolas Church, Itchingfield, Horsham, West Sussex.