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History of St Giles, Graffham, Sussex.

Sussex, being the last part of Britain to be converted to Christianity, probably didn’t have a church until the late 8th century, which was almost certainly constructed of wood.  

This was replaced in early Norman times.  The current structure of this church is peculiar; in 1870, George Street was commissioned to renovate the church, which he performed in his normal excessive fashion...  All of the outer walls of the church were replaced, now I’m no specialist, so it may have been a case of replace the walls or watch it all fall down, but with G E Street, who knows?  Of the internal masonry, 4 nave pillars and their connecting arches were saved. Three other things were saved, an interesting, early Norman font, the Vestry door, with its lock, and thankfully (from my point of view) the misericords, which sit under the tower arch at the west end of  St Giles.  However, in his favour, George Street did manage to retain an air of antiquity and tranquility to the church.  The renovation was dedicated to Bishop Samuel Wilberforce, who was, at the time, the lord of the local manor.



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