The Knights Templar built Shipley Church before leaving to protect pilgrims wishing to visit Jerusalem. This somewhat austere-looking place of worship was built close to the river Adur, though barely a trickle remains of the waterway now. An old piece of iron stone, thought to be a mooring bollard, rests in the south porch.
Peter Sanderson, the church’s organist, is my guide today as I explore this important rural church. Join us as we rummage around. Interestingly, though not mentioned in the video, the churchyard of St. Mary the Virgin is the burial place of composer John Ireland.
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