Work begins on St Botolph's
St Botolph’s Church gave its name to the village of Botolphs, Sussex, and is a charming Grade I listed church of local flint whose origins date back to Anglo-Saxon times. The church recently became part of our estate. St Botolph is the patron saint of wayfarers and today this church receives many visitors walking the South Downs Way, crossing the river nearby.
Listed as one of Britain’s 500 holiest places, St Botolph’s came under the wing of CCT in April of last year. Although the church was open for visitors last summer, the building is now closed for major repairs which include a complete re-roofing, extensive masonry work, re-wiring and new drainage. These works are expected to last 10 months and cost around £380,000.
The church also includes fragments of highly fragile wall-paintings depicting an abbot, saint and an angel, dating back to 1240. They will receive careful cleaning by a conservator as part of the work.