Holy Cross Church

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john g
Hastings, UK129 contributions
Fascinating church in a quiet, secluded area
Apr 2017 • Couples
A Saxon church existed on this spot before 963 AD. It was rebuilt in 1187 and enlarged in 1325.

Entrance is through a Norman doorway with intricate 12 C ironwork. The unadorned font is Saxon - 8 C.

The church is particularly rich in monuments and brasses.

In the chancel is the 'founder's tomb', an early member of the Achard family. Smiling angels look down at him from the canopy. There are several brasses; the most charming is that of a monk, hands clasped in prayer; he wears robes richly decorated with flowers.

In the transept are 3 wooden effigies:
- Sir Robert Achard, d. 1353, wears a full armour; a lion rests at his feet.
- Against the wall, in niches, his 2 wives are portrayed. Joan, d.1336, whose head is supported by angels; men-at-arms act as weepers on her coffin. Agnes, d.1358, whose head is supported by nuns.

Other points of interest include: a superb 3 seat sedilia with ballflower decoration; carved bench ends; 14 and 15C glass: St Catherine, St Margaret, Christ in Majesty, the arms of the Achard family.

A mature churchyard shaded by yew trees surrounds the building.

Simon Jenkins gives the church one star in his 'England's thousand best churches' guide. We thought it deserves two.
Written May 7, 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

CarpeNox
Boston, MA1,754 contributions
Medieval church on ancient site
Nov 2016 • Couples
Holy Cross Church in Sparsholt, England is a medieval stone building on a site that has been a place of worship going back to Saxon times. The building is still used for services and was closed when we saw it on a walking tour of the area. The weathered exterior and attached graveyard piqued our interest to return at a time when we could see the interior with its stained glass and carvings.
Written December 8, 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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