Rusper, West Sussex
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The priory was disbanded in 1537, leaving only the priory church, which now serves as the parish church. Of this building only the tower is medieval, the rest was rebuilt in the Victorian period.
At the base of the tower are the graves of a medieval prioress and four sisters of the priory. When the graves were relocated due to construction work an ornately decorated Limoges chalice was found interred with them. The chalice is now at the British Museum.
Perhaps the presence of the nuns has a positive effect; in 1975 a boy fell from the top of the tower, a distance of over 70 feet, but suffered only a broken arm. Popular local opinion, perhaps tongue-in-cheek, was that the presence of the sisters at the base of the tower helped save the boy from more serious injury!
Within the chancel are two memorial brasses; the older, to John and Agnes of Kingsfold, daters to 1380.
Address: Rusper, West Sussex, England
Attraction Type: Village
Location: 3 miles north of Horsham on the A264
OS: TQ 2056 3720
Photo Credit: Colin Smith, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
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