Who is St Cuthman?

Who is St Cuthman?

St-Cuthman- Steyning-SussexSt Cuthman was an 8th century Saxon saint who settled in Steyning, and founded the first church. He is said to have been wheeling his invalid mother in a handcart when it broke. This was seen as a sign from god that he should establish a church close by.

St Cuthman is depicted in three stained glass windows in St Andrew’s and St Cuthmans’s Church in Steyning. You can see him as a shepherd, as a builder and in the one in the photo with his mother in a handcart

You can also see a modern sculpture of St Cuthman’s was made to commemorate the millennium: He is looking across the road at his church.

The Norman Church

The church built by the Normans in the late eleven hundreds was nearly twice the size of the present building. It had transepts and a much longer chancel than the present 19th century one. It also had two extra bays at the west end of the nave, where the 16th century flint chequer work tower now stands.

The earliest part that remains is that which now forms the chancel arch. The surviving bays of the nave arcade, built around 1170-1180, have truly wonderful carving on most of the arches and capitals with no shortage of the customary zigzags and scallops as well as many less conventional motifs and designs.

Read more about Steyning

Read more about the church

Norman Church in Steyning

Norman Church in Steyning

Explore Norman History!

St Andrew and St Cuthman’s Church in Steyning was built by the Normans in the 1080’s.

The size of the church is an indication of Steyning’s importance. It was a major town in early Sussex. Admire the wonderful dog toothed decoration on the Norman arches inside the church!

Go down Church Street off Steyning High Street to find this church.

Rural Steyning is 10 miles from Brighton

 

norman church steyning west sussex

A great place to visit with children!

A great place to visit with children!

Drusilla’s Park

This small zoo in East Sussex is is widely regarded as the best in the country. They’ve created an animal and child friendly, family environment where the focus is always on involvement.

On a hot summer’s day it is the place to cool off on their splashpad!

Details at http://www.drusillas.co.uk/

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Get close to nature at Pulborough Wild Brooks!Enjoy at day out at this lovely nature reserve

Get close to nature at Pulborough Wild Brooks!Enjoy at day out at this lovely nature reserve

Get close to nature at Pulborough Wild Brooks!

Enjoy at day out at this lovely nature reserve. Open all year & set in the sheltered Arun Valley in West Sussex, within the South Downs National Park.

It is a haven for a wide variety of wildlife with a great variety of habitats including wetlands, woodland, and heathland.

Walks lead through hedge-lined paths to viewing areas and hides where volunteers are often on hand to help point out the wildlife.

If you're new to nature, introductory events, guided walks and courses are held throughout the year.There's a visitor's centre & cafe too!

Evening sky photo by Phil Thornton

Post by Jenny at http://www.steyningcottages.co.uk

Pulborough Brooks is a 20 mins drive from Steyning by car, or 30 minutes on the 100 bus

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