St Thomas a Becket church Brightling :: Shared Description

Brightling is mentioned in the Domesday Book.
The original church was probably timber construction.
After the conquest, the Earl of Eu was awarded the Rape of Hastings, and built a stone church at Brightling. Nothing pre 13th Century now exists.
In the time of Henry III the estate was forfeited by the crown and passed to Sir Anthony Browne, see TQ7515 : Tomb of Sir Anthony Browne and wife, St Mary's church, Battle
The avowson was eventually acquired by William Burrell in 1673.
The church stands adjacent to Brightling park and is built in Hastings Sandstone. The tower is 13th C., battlements and buttresses were added in 14th C. The north chapel is also 13th C. and the north aisle and arcade added in 14th C.as well as the pointed chancel arch. The roof is a Waggon type 14-15C. braced rafter construction. A gallery was erected in the west end of the church in the 18th Century.
It accommodates the famous Barrel organ.
There are several medieval wall paintings in the north aisle.
Repairs and restorations followed in 1885 and 1903 when several of the brass slabs were fixed to the walls. There are several monuments of interest including a fine bust of "Mad Jack Fuller" by Henry Rouw. Fuller's Pyramid mausoleum stands in the churchyard.
by Julian P Guffogg
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TQ6821 : St Nicholas Chapel, Brightling church by Julian P Guffogg
TQ6820 : St Thomas a Becket Church, Brightling by Julian P Guffogg
TQ6820 : Brightling Church by Julian P Guffogg
TQ6821 : Church of St Thomas a Beckett by N Chadwick
TQ6821 : Graves, Church of St Thomas a Becket by N Chadwick
TQ6821 : Graves, Church of St Thomas a Becket by N Chadwick
TQ6821 : Church of St Thomas a Becket by N Chadwick
TQ6820 : Church of St Thomas a Becket by N Chadwick
TQ6821 : Stained glass window, St Thomas Becket church, Brightling by Julian P Guffogg
TQ6821 : Stained glass window, St Thomas Becket church, Brightling by Julian P Guffogg
TQ6821 : Stained glass window, St Thomas Becket church, Brightling by Julian P Guffogg


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Created: Sat, 10 Mar 2012, Updated: Sun, 1 Apr 2012

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