Tuesday, 25 October 2016

2 Norman churches in Hastings: first, the Church of St Clement.

The first of the two Norman churches we are blessed with in Hastings, St Clements, which was originally built in the 11th century, but had to be rebuilt about 1380 due to fire damage when Hastings was attacked by the French a few years earlier. This is a Grade II listed building, built of sandstone and its tower is chequered with knapped flint; with the Victorians adding their bit as they usually did, consequently, a 19th century Chancel extension, south porch and re-roofing (for more detail see Listed Buildings website). 

One of my earlier blogs looked at the Pre-Raphaelites in Hastings and mentioned the marriage of Lizzie Siddal and Dante Gabriel Rossetti at St Clements on the 23rd of May 1860; a sanctuary lamp was donated as a gift to the church by Rossetti.

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