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Church of St Peter, Thorington

Thorington Road
IP17 3RE
United Kingdom
OS Grid: TM4228374144 streetmap
LAT/LONG: 52.3119,1.5530

A round-tower church. St Peter's has an aisleless nave and chancel, both rendered, and a round west tower of flint. The nave has very thick walls, probably eleventh century, which have been reduced in thickness in their lower parts inside in width. There are thirteenth century north and south doorways. The north doorway is under a porch, the south now giving access to a nineteenth century flint vestry. On the exterior, above the south vestry, can be seen a chip-carved arch, identified by Pevsner as 'the surround of a lavish window.' The chancel arch is wooden, and the chancel largely a rebuilding of 1862. The elaborate tower arch is nineteenth century neo-Romanesque, but an original chip-carved voussoir is reset above it.
The tower is of three storeys. In the first is a nineteenth neo-Romanesque west window, the second is articulated as a band of blind arcading with plain twelfth century lancets at the cardinal points (the east being visible inside the church). The third storey has twelfth century double bell-openings at the cardinal points. The tower is capped by an unusual early-sixteenth century octagonal parapet of brick with triple-stepped merlons. The font, while thirteenth century, is of Sussex marble and of a type common in Sussex. It may be an import. Romanesque sculpture is to be found in the bell-openings of the tower, the arch in the south wall of the nave, and the voussoir above the tower arch.

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St Peter, Thorington
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St Peter, Thorington
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St Peter, Thorington
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St Peter, Thorington
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St Peter, Thorington
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