St Mary and St Nicholas, Etchingham
Places Of Worship
Title: St Mary and St Nicholas, Etchingham
Description: Dating from 1366, the church of St Mary and St Nicholas is the finest example of the Decorated Period in Sussex. With links to the Penny Black and the Post Office, a number of interesting features include the choir stalls and some fine misericords.
Address: High Street, , Etchingham, East Sussex
Built in 1366 by William de Etchingham as a collegiate foundation and not a parish church, the nave is shorter than the chancel. This being the finest example of the Decorated Period in Sussex, the church stands solidly with its massive central tower and boasts a weathervane that is probably the oldest in the country, it is certainly of the same period as the building.
Inside, choir stalls and some fine misericords, which are also original, can be found as well as some good brasses and fourteenth-century tiles. There is a monument to Henry Corbould, the designer of the Penny Black and in 1990 (some 150 years after the introduction of the Penny Black) the de Etchingham coat of arms was used by the Post Office as a cancellation stamp for a number of commemorative postal stamps.