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.

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