The year 2003 marked 900 years in the history of the Church of St Mary de Haura, New Shoreham. The founder of this church was Phillip de Braose, whose father fought against William the Conqueror at the battle of Hastings. As a young Norman baron Phillip probably campaigned in the first crusade. It is recorded that he had returned to England by 1103 when he presented the church to the abbey of st florent Saumur. In the 15th century, the patronage passed to Magdalen college, oxford.
I liked this trip in particular because we visited the bell tower. I remember this part in particular as when we went up the staircase got really tight. But it was worth it as we got to look at the bells. We also listened to them go off. It was a fun trip. When we were in the main part of the church we looked at all of the stained glass windows and I tried to decipher what they meant. We had fun there and learnt a lot. You can visit the church and see how nice it is there for yourself. It is a beautiful structure and you need to see it to get a sense of both the history and its beauty.
By Anon E moose ( Emma Hunt )