St Botolph's Church, Botolphs, West Sussex
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A church that still welcomes wayfarers
St Botolph's Church is of charming flint construction and stands on a slight rise above the River Adur. Today with just a house or two for company it is hard to imagine that 700 years ago it was at the heart of a bustling port and crossing place of the river.
As the river changed course and silted-up the population gradually moved away and since Tudor times the church has served a tiny farming community. The south door carries the date 1630 in delightful graffiti and leads into a homely and welcoming interior.
The tall chancel arch dates from late Saxon times and is surrounded by the ghosts of medieval wall paintings whilst the three huge blocked arches in the north wall show where a north aisle has been demolished to match its reduced circumstances. The church has given its name to the place - St Botolph is patron saint of wayfarers - and today it receives many visitors walking the South Downs Way which crosses the river nearby.
24 May 2018 - 24 May 2018
"I have had a most rare vision. I have had a dream, past the wit of man to say what dream it was.”
28 May 2018 - 28 May 2018
“I have had a most rare vision. I have had a dream, past the wit of man to say what dream it was.”
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Facilities & Hire
Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number have heating, running water or toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor.
Annington Road is a minor road which links Shoreham and Steyning on the west bank of the River Adur.
Nearest rail station: Shoreham by Sea (5 miles)
Bus: Nearest bus stop 1.5 miles away at Bramber
History & Further Information
Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church before you visit? You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walk round guides we have for this church.Hampshire, Sussex & Surrey County Guide 2012
This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches we care for in Hampshire, Sussex and Surrey. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.