A thousand years ago, when I still had a dog, I went with my sons to visit my daughter, Jenny, who lives in Sussex. We didn’t want to leave it any longer in view of the increasing Covid-19 infections and the possibility of future lockdowns.
Here are some photos of that day, which was 2nd September.
The first place we visited was the Church of St Mary and St Peter in Wilmington, which has in its churchyard another of Sussex's ancient yew trees.
This one has been scientifically dated as 1,600 years old, and is a possible indicator of pagan worship in the area. It's held together by chains, and relies on many props to hold it steady. We had a picnic in the churchyard. From high above in the yew a raven scolded us.
Headstone from 1766
Like so many of the old buildings in Sussex, the 12th century church is built of flint. It used to be joined to the neighbouring priory by a cloister.
Now in the north chancel but formerly outside is the 'Wilmington Madonna', another intimation of pagan worship on this site.
Jacobean pulpit with sounding board
14th century font
The north transept was very badly damaged by fire in 2002, and a window featuring butterflies and bees destroyed. This window by Paul San Casciani, which also incorporates a phoenix and St Peter, was commissioned to replace it.
It's actually the remains of the chancel of a church that was supposedly damaged by a fire caused by Cromwell's soldiers during the Civil Wars.
I think that fact might disbar it from the smallest church competition. (I'm on the side of lovely Culbone Church on Exmoor.)