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Lychgate and attached churchyard wall to the Church of St Stephen

A Grade II Listed Building in Forest Row, East Sussex

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.1369 / 51°8'12"N

Longitude: 0.0559 / 0°3'21"E

OS Eastings: 543933

OS Northings: 139518

OS Grid: TQ439395

Mapcode National: GBR LN5.NZ1

Mapcode Global: VHHQ8.XPFC

Plus Code: 9F3243P4+P9

Entry Name: Lychgate and attached churchyard wall to the Church of St Stephen

Listing Date: 3 November 2016

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1438586

Location: Forest Row, Wealden, East Sussex, RH19

County: East Sussex

Civil Parish: Forest Row

Traditional County: Sussex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): East Sussex

Church of England Parish: Forest Row

Church of England Diocese: Chichester

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Summary


Lychgate with an attached churchyard wall. Dated 1879, by the architect E P Loftus Brock in the same Decorated Gothic style as the Church of St Stephen (Grade II*), for Oswald Augustus Smith of Hammerwood Park (Grade I).

Description

Lychgate with an attached churchyard wall. Dated 1879, by the architect E P Loftus Brock in the same Decorated Gothic style as the Church of St Stephen's Church (Grade II*), for Oswald Augustus Smith of Hammerwood Park (Grade I).

MATERIALS: lychgate of rock faced sandstone, timber-framing and tiled roof and wooden gates with iron hinges. Churchyard walls of rock-faced sandstone.

PLAN: the lychgate is square on plan and attached to a curved section of the churchyard wall on the north side which has three other straight sides.

DESCRIPTION: the lychgate has a rock-faced stone base with diagonal plain stone coping and is approached on the north side by two stone steps. Above the plinth is a timber-framed structure with open sides and a gabled tiled roof. On the north and south sides are curved braces supporting a slightly curved tie beam dated 1879 and three posts with arched decoration above. Stone piers also have curved braces attached to the corner posts. The gables have plain barge-boards with carved pendants. Attached to the base on the north side are wooden gates with carved quadrant patterns and ornamental hinges. The lychgate is attached to the low churchyard wall, of rock-faced stone with smooth stone diagonal coping, which has a curved section facing the road on the north side, straightening out towards the corners and the three other sides of the rectangle are straight.

History

Dated 1879. By E P Loftus Brock who also designed the Church of St Stephen (now redundant 2016).

Reasons for Listing

This 1879 Decorated Gothic style lychgate and attached churchyard wall by E P Loftus Brock is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons::
* Design interest: an inventive design in good quality well-crafted materials by a notable architect;
* Degree of survival: the structures are unaltered;
* Group value: adjoins the Church of St Stephen (Grade II*) and is of the same date, style and designed by the same architect.


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