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of this chapter. The entire village is picturesque ; it is little modernised on the whole, and the Downs form an ideal background to the green meadows through which the river flows in several channels. The church is a large cruciform but aisleless structure of early Perpendicular date, the walls of neatly squared flints with stone quoins and windows, the low tower surmounted by a shin­gled spire. The interior is spacious but rather plain, somewhat recalling Poynings; the semi-octagonal responds of the tower arches have concave sides. Sedilia and piscina with octagonal shafts and crockets above, and an Easter Sepulchre monument opposite, give a rather striking effect to the chancel, but the loss of all the original stained glass except a single small figure of St. Alphege, and the comparative bareness of the walls, gives the interior generally a rather cold appearance. The window tracery has not entirely lost the spirit of the earlier Decorated style.
Just outside the churchyard, near a huge hollow tree, is the old timber-framed vicarage contem­porary with the existing church, that is to say, built towards the end of the fourteenth century.
In the centre is a hall, 23 feet by 17 feet, with open timber roof, tie-beam on brackets and king­post sustaining a purlin under the collars; at either end are rooms in two stories, the whole projecting beyond the hall on the west, on the east only the upper story. With the eastern rooms the hall has no internal connection, with the western it communicates by two remarkable doors with flat ogee arches, all of oak, over them is a moulded and embattled beam that looks rather as though it had been planned to sustain the rood loft of a church. The hall floor is of
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