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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.


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