We were driving home and went through a place called Burwash and I saw this gorgeous church. I had to stop to share it with you.
The first record of a church in Burwash shows a stone church built in about 1090, consisting of chancel, nave and tower. Of this Norman church only the tower remains. Later, owing presumably to the increase in the population of the village, a larger church became necessary.
To achieve this the nave was widened by knocking down the outer walls and adding aisles supported by pillars, on the south side in about 1190, on the north side in 1250. As part of the work in 1250 a larger chancel replaced the original. In the 14th century both aisles were widened, buttresses added to the south west corner of the tower and new windows put into the aisles. A porch was added to the west door and a vestry built in the north east corner.
At some point dormer windows were added to the roof but apart from this the church then remained unaltered for 500 years until the 19th century.
The church was partially rebuilt and extensively restored in 1856. This work included the lowering of the floor and this in turn necessitated the removal of a considerable depth of earth from the surrounding churchyard. The flooring of the church was again renewed owing to the considerable rotting of the old flooring, in the years 1989 to 1990.
Read more: http://www.saintbartholomewsburwash.org.uk