Parish churches in the Chichester Rape

Oakley, Philip (2007) Parish churches in the Chichester Rape. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The parish church reveals the turbulent social, political and religious history of England over the past millennia. Yet, for such a valuable historical resource, many of these churches are under threat from closure and disrepair. Falling congregations have resulted in many churches no longer providing a pivotal role in the community, with priests leaving their rectories, and churches lying dormant. The extent to which our historical heritage is undervalued is apparent with our lack of understanding regarding the people that commissioned and constructed medieval churches. Many studies have been undertaken documenting the features and styles of the parish church, but few have tried to determine why they adopt particular proportions. This report sets out to measure the dimensions of forty churches in the Chichester Rape. By considering the dimensions of the churches, this report identifies why they adopted specific proportions and who was responsible for their implementation. The idea for this report was conceived upon a bicycle, with the author frequently taken back by the variety of churches in Sussex, many hidden away in settlements with populations no bigger than when it was built. Therefore, it seemed only appropriate that the research for this study should only be collected by bicycle. This provided a greater awareness to the terrain and location of a church and gave the author an appreciation of the distances that must have been covered by craftsmen and materials 1000 years ago. A total of 800 km was travelled throughout the area, an experience that has made the author conscious of the stunning beauty of the region’s countryside and architecture. In the time taken to create this report, one local church has been put up for sale, and one has narrowly avoided closure. This report will not help to save the parish church, although it may give the reader an appreciation of the significance these buildings have to our local, regional and national history.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Additional Information: Front page of dissertation states it was submitted in part fulfilment of the MSc Heritage and Museum studies degree.
    Departments/Research Groups: ?? EDAM ??
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:15

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