Itchingfield, West Sussex
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As for the church itself, it features a quite remarkable 14th-century belfry, held together without nails, using only wooden pegs.
A story attaches to the belfry. It seems that when the belfry tower was being rebuilt in the 1860s, one of the workmen found a skull carefully set on one of the belfry beams. Local stories suggest that it was the skull of Sir Hector Maclean, who was executed for treason during the Jacobite Rising of 1715.
The then vicar of Itchingfirld was a friend of Maclean, and it is thought that he preserved his friend's skull in this out of the way place.
Address: Itchingfield, West Sussex, England
Attraction Type: Village
Location: 3 miles south west of Horsham off the A264
OS: TQ 1345 2723
Photo Credit: N Chadwick, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
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