Mayfield is a little Sussex village just off the A21.
The Parish Church of St Dunstan has a long and interesting history. In the year 960 St Dunstan, the great Saxon Archbishop of Canterbury, built a wooden church at Mayfield and a dwelling for himself next to it. This became a great palace, which is now a Catholic Convent and girl's school.
Between 1100 and 1200 the Normans replaced the wooden church with a stone building, which was, except for the tower, destroyed by a fire which consumed large parts of the village in 1389. A small section of the west wall (including the stonework of the lancet window, pictured) and the foundations of the north wall survived the rebuilding.
The church was rebuilt in the Perpendicular style, the chancel first. The arcades in the nave have four and a half bays, it is possible this was necessary to join the new chancel with the old tower.
Lightening did further unspecified damage in 1621, and an alternative explanation for the unusual design of the arcades may be the subsequent repairs as the four centred arches and incomplete arches at the eastern ends do not accord with known late 14th century work.
The is a seperate Cemetery for the Convant of Mayfield that can be found under the name "The Convent of the Holy Child".
Even though this is the other side of the church wall in is in the Convent grounds
Added By Wertypop.
GPS Coordinates: 51.02077, 0.26053
- Added: 11 Dec 2008
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2285729
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