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Description: Church of St Thomas at Cliffe
Date Listed: 25 February 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 293035
OS Grid Reference: TQ4213210272
OS Grid Coordinates: 542132, 110272
Latitude/Longitude: 50.8745, 0.0188
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TQ 4210 SW LEWES CLIFFE HIGH STREET
11/56 (north side)
Church of St Thomas at
Cliffe (formerly listed as Church of
St Thomas-a-Becket in the Cliffe)
Church. C12, C14, C15, restored 1879 and 1885. Flint and stone with stone
quoins and dressings. Horsham slab and plain tiled roofs. West tower with
nave, north and south aisles with south porch and chancel with north vestry.
Three-stage west tower with diagonal buttresses, divided by string-courses
with string-course also to plain parapet of brick-banded flint with coping.
Pyramidal roof of plain tiles and octagonal north-east stair-turret. C15
two-light belfry openings very much renewed. Single light on west side of
second stage. First stage with large reworked C15 window over west door
with C19 three-centred arch, carved foliage in spandrels and hoodmould.
Separately-roofed aisles with two C19 windows each, to south symmetrically
arranged about central two-storey porch, blind above, with C15 moulded door-
way below with doubled boarded and ribbed doors. Lower chancel with single
C19 Perpendicular-style window to south and similar though larger window to
east. Interior: C19 tower arch. Three-bay arcades with octagonal piers
and capitals and hollow-chamfered arches. Similar, but larger, tower-arch.
Fittings: Tudor royal arms, (Queen Elizabeth, 1598).
W.H. Godfrey, The Official Guide to Lewes, 1933, revised 1977, 42.
B.O.E., Sussex, 1965, 553-554.
Listing NGR: TQ4213210272
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Source: English Heritage
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