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St GILES, Horsted Keynes

St Giles', Horsted Keynes
St GILES, Horsted Keynes

St Giles' Horsted Keynes is one of the most picture-perfect Norman -medieval churches you will ever see. Its wealth is evident from the stonework. The church actually has Saxon origins - though it is also thought to be built on a pagan site, and possibly within a stone circle. Among its many interesting features is the tomb of the 'Little Crusader' in the chancel; what looks like the effigy of a child is that of a crusader knight and it is thought this marks the burial place of a crusader's heart, brought home from the Holy Land. Famous burials include Robert Leighton (1611-84), Bishop of Dunblane and Archbishop of Glasgow, who retired to the village. Also in the churchyard are Harold and Dorothy Macmillan. Macmillan (1894-1986), later Lord Stockton, was Prime Minister from 1957-63.

Location/Address: Church Lane
Horsted Keynes
County: West Sussex
Post Code: RH17 7AY
Main Historic Period: Norman
Useful Website Address: Church website
Tip/Nearby: Bluebell Railway, Sheffield Park
Primary Management: Church authorities
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