Hoe and Worthing Archive: St Margaret's church 

 


Ladbrooke

This Ladbrooke lithograph is from 1823. Far from being 'in ruins', as it was described in 1797 on Faden's map, the building looks much as it does now.

'The Church or Chapel, orientation 4
° south, dedicated to St. Margaret, consists only of a Perpendicular nave of small proportions, with a round tower at the west end, couped to the same height, and a south porch. The chancel has been destroyed and the east end of the nave bricked up. There is one bell in the tower bearing the inscription ‘Thomas Newman of Norwich made me in 1744.’In Blomefield’s time the Church was covered with lead, and the chancel with thatch; the steeple was in ruins, and in the Church stood one bell bearing the inscription ‘In eternis annis resona campana Johannis.’ (John's bell rings for ever.)'

[From T. Hugh Bryant Norfolk Churches, c.1900]



road map

The former route of the road is shown on the inclosure map of 1814.

[Courtesy of Norfolk Record Office C/Sca/2/243]




Norman arch   The south porch doorway has a
    Norman arch.










































mass dials

Scratched into the stone work by the south door are two mass dials. As these graffiti are intended to cast shadows, like sundials, they must have been made before the porch was built.



Gerald Blake

Replacing the pews in 1991.



kneeler

Jane Wales and Val Knight embroidered a new kneeler for the altar rail.



reroofing

Reroofing the church in 1995.



Ian Lothian    Ian Lothian making the new bell frame
    in 2000.














































bellframe

The new bell frame in place in the tower. The bell is Thomas Newman's of 1744.



church in snow

January 2004.



repairing the wall

Graham Smith and friend repointing the churchyard wall in 2005.


scaffolding

Repairing the tower parapet and bell-chamber louvres in June 2011.



louvres    The new louvres for the bell chamber openings.






































interior

The interior is plain and unusual in that there is no window in the east wall. The large blocked-up arch would have opened into the chancel.



niche    This elaborately carved niche is a survivor of
    the church's medieval spendour.





























































replastering

Recent wall repairs at Worthing church, 2016.
The wall at the east end revealed an in
filled opening once stripped of the old plaster.

plaster work

replastering

Scratch coat being applied.

final coat

The top coat of lime plaster.