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  • Ford Road
    Ford near

    Littlehampton BN18 0BT
  • Phone number 01243 552962

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  • 5.0 star rating

    Just the place for peace and quiet. Well defined by dmj previouslyhe does write really good reviews.
    It doesn't take long to go through Ford and it seems to be known by its prison rather than other lovely sites in the area.
    St Andrews is one of those..as is The Ship and Anchor. Take the time to visit both. You will not be sorry!!

  • 4.0 star rating
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    Ford has a tiny church of Saxon origin, at the end of a small gravel path, close to the bank of the River Arun and surrounded by a copse of trees. It must have been a lovely spot before the coming of the railway, the main road and Ford Open prison. But walking up the gravel path, it is still possible to imagine yourself in a different time.

    The church is a simple, two-cell structure, with a nave and chancel, and a porch added in 1637 in the Dutch style. The interior is dark - especially so since there is no electricity here (they is a small generator to provide limited lighting for the choir). It is dominated by the Norman chancel arch, which has mouldings with a simple X-shape decoration. The walls are pierced by small Norman windows, although the Chancel has a fine decorated window of about 1320. In the vestry are the remains of a Saxon arch, dated from around the turn of the 10th-11th centuries.

    The walls show traces - although very indistinct - of extensive wall paintings. Those above the chancel arch show the last judgement, with the remains of devils (their feet, actually) forcing the damend into the mouth of a great red beast. A picture by the doorway helps interpret the remains.

    On the west wall is a depiction - again, fragmentary - of the Garden of Agony, with two dragons. The paintings are thought to date from around 1320. It is a great pity they cannot be restored further.

    • Qype User cazzie…
    • Littlehampton, West Sussex
    • 2 friends
    • 146 reviews
    4.0 star rating

    pretty church, lovely setting. tiny quaint church from Saxon days. would be beautfiul for wedding or christening

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