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COOMBES & BOTOLPHS GALLERY

Coombes is a hamlet in the lower Adur Valley beneath the South Downs, and between Shoreham-by-Sea and Steyning. It has a tiny 11th century church, set back from the road, in a field by Church Farm. This church has some of the most important medieval wall paintings in England. The hamlet has a population of only around 50 people and is really just the farm and a handful of cottages.

Botolphs is a tiny village in the Adur Valley 1.5 miles southeast of Steyning on the road between Steyning and Coombes. It lies on the South Downs Way long distance footpath. The ancient parish church dates from 950 AD. The current village population is only around 50 to 60 people, but Botolphs once had a sizeable population when the tidal River Adur supported trade in navigation. Its decline by the 1500s was largely due to the silting up of the river.


FARMHOUSE
FARMHOUSE
CRUCIFIX & FRESCO REMAINS
CRUCIFIX & FRESCO REMAINS
ST BOTOLPH'S CHURCH
ST BOTOLPH'S CHURCH
COOMBES CHURCH . 1
COOMBES CHURCH . 1
CHURCH DOOR
CHURCH DOOR
VIEW FROM THE CHURCHYARD
VIEW FROM THE CHURCHYARD
THE COOMBES OLD RECTORY
THE COOMBES OLD RECTORY
CHURCH ALTAR WINDOW
CHURCH ALTAR WINDOW
VIEW OF SHOREHAM  CEMENT WORKS
VIEW OF SHOREHAM CEMENT WORKS
THE CHURCHYARD
THE CHURCHYARD
COOMBES CHURCH
COOMBES CHURCH
DOMESDAY PLAQUE
DOMESDAY PLAQUE
JACOBEAN  WOODEN PULPIT
JACOBEAN WOODEN PULPIT
ENTERING  COOMBES
ENTERING COOMBES
LICHENED GRAVE STATUE
LICHENED GRAVE STATUE
ST BOTOLPH'S CHURCH . 2
ST BOTOLPH'S CHURCH . 2
CHURCH INTERIOR WALL
CHURCH INTERIOR WALL
COTTAGE GATEWAY
COTTAGE GATEWAY
CHURCH CHANCEL & NAVE
CHURCH CHANCEL & NAVE
CHURCH INTERIOR
CHURCH INTERIOR
CHURCH FRESCOES
CHURCH FRESCOES
ST BOTOLPH'S CHURCH . 1
ST BOTOLPH'S CHURCH . 1
CHURCH NORTH WALL
CHURCH NORTH WALL
CHURCH CEILING, NAVE  & FONT
CHURCH CEILING, NAVE & FONT