The boy with the cart

Legend says that St. Cuthman was a poor shepherd, who was forced to beg from door to door when his father died.

As his mother was paralysed, he built a one-wheel cart to bring her with him. He set off to the east and eventually, the rope he used to pull the cart broke.

He built a church on that spot. Nowadays the church is known as St. Andrew’s and St. Cuthman and can be found in Steyning (that’s in West Sussex, England), where my sister lives.

Facade copy

Not much of the original church, dating back to the 8th century, survives.

But you can get a sense of the history and workmanship

From the arches – each one has a unique pattern on it.


The heavy wooden door looks ancient too.


Outside, graves that are hundreds of years old

Are now resting places for tree roots and branches —


And there is always time for contemplation of what life is all about

Between the vitality of youth

And the wisdom of the old.

(Still in England, so may not be able to visit you all.)

St. Andrew

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67 responses

  1. what a beautiful old church

    September 9, 2013 at 15:41

  2. bobbushell

    Lovely building Fi.

    September 9, 2013 at 15:41

  3. Don

    Wonderful images Fiona. Hope you’re having a great time in England.

    September 9, 2013 at 15:59

  4. What an amazing structure! And history! Those arches are breath-taking! And that photo of your son reading that ancient tombstone…….simply beautiful, Fiona.

    September 9, 2013 at 16:05

  5. Rahul

    A beautiful edifice indeed!

    September 9, 2013 at 16:13

  6. Some amazing shots here!.
    Wonderful history of the church.
    Incredible arches!

    Enjoy the rest of your time in “merry ol’ England”:)

    September 9, 2013 at 16:37

  7. Pat

    How awe-inspiring to stand within the walls of such a magnificent structure…to think of the history buried in the churchyard! Beautiful series, Fiona.

    September 9, 2013 at 16:41

  8. sylviakirk

    Terrific captures of such a beautiful, old church and so much history!! Great post for the day, as always, Fiona! Hope you have a wonderful week!

    September 9, 2013 at 17:05

  9. What a beautiful church and I LOVE that wooden door!

    September 9, 2013 at 17:07

  10. That is truly magnificent! It would be amazing to see all that detailed work in person.

    September 9, 2013 at 17:50

  11. Hello Fiona!
    Great photos and a beautiful old story.
    England is impressive. I was, I saw.

    September 9, 2013 at 17:54

  12. wow what a place eh…even in your pics there is a sense of history for sure…would love to visit…and what a cool story behind it all as well eh?

    September 9, 2013 at 18:05

  13. Beautiful place! Thanks for the interesting story.

    September 9, 2013 at 18:17

  14. thank you for showing the details of this ancient beauty.

    September 9, 2013 at 18:52

  15. Indeed the Church is beautiful..The Structure built at that times without any modern equipment still looks so marvelous…

    September 9, 2013 at 19:00

  16. How beautiful. What a great eye you have for framing a shot for maximum impact!

    September 9, 2013 at 19:03

  17. This is a beautiful old church, full of history. Your photos are marvelous.

    September 9, 2013 at 19:08

  18. A story of devotion – the old church you photographed shows the beauty of age. I love old cemeteries.

    September 9, 2013 at 19:37

  19. The architecture is so wonderful!

    September 9, 2013 at 19:49

  20. Texture! History! Really rich post. And your final shot of old and new dialoging is superb.


    September 9, 2013 at 20:29

  21. Beautiful!!!

    September 9, 2013 at 21:06

  22. Very beautiful Church. I also love your shot on the our world home page this week.

    September 9, 2013 at 21:13

  23. Wonderful shots of church. Great to know history of the church.

    September 9, 2013 at 21:25

  24. Impressive!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

    September 9, 2013 at 21:27

  25. Beautiful church and history…. The history especially is VERY interesting…. I always love checking out old cemeteries too….. Thanks for sharing..

    September 9, 2013 at 21:37

  26. Gorgeous photos of a beautiful old church!

    September 9, 2013 at 22:19

  27. Beautiful church and yes, the churchyard certainly leads one to contemplation.

    September 9, 2013 at 22:21

  28. amikopieris

    Lovely church!

    September 9, 2013 at 22:44

  29. What an incredible story, and stunning church. And I love the old cemeteries. They are often very beautiful, and somehow humbling reminders of our temporary nature.

    September 9, 2013 at 22:54

  30. What a lovely old church and cemetery. The history is interesting, thanks for sharing. Lovely photos. Have a happy week!

    September 9, 2013 at 23:29

  31. Thanks for sharing this window on history. I am constantly in awe of the craftsmanship and ingenuity of builders in the 1800s and earlier – the results of their work without the tools and equipment available to their modern counterparts, leaves me breathless.

    September 9, 2013 at 23:41

  32. Lovely old church, enjoy your trip.

    September 9, 2013 at 23:55

  33. My goodness, this is a beautiful church!

    September 10, 2013 at 01:04

  34. Fascinating! I love old churches much to my husband’s dismay LOL!

    September 10, 2013 at 01:46

  35. It may not much of original church, but the current existence owes much to the lofty minds who worked hard on preservation at any passage of the history of this church. I’m glad to be able to see this organic church.


    September 10, 2013 at 05:34

  36. What a beautiful church! I would love to wander around there…especially that cemetery:)

    September 10, 2013 at 06:05

  37. Jim

    This is great.

    September 10, 2013 at 07:56

  38. Sååå läckra bilder av den vackra kyrkan.
    Spännande historia dessutom!

    September 10, 2013 at 08:44

  39. A cool story and a cool church!

    September 10, 2013 at 14:22

  40. Great captures and angles disclosing the marvel of the church! Interesting story

    September 10, 2013 at 14:22

  41. Great perspective! I adore these old churches and abbeys!

    September 10, 2013 at 14:26

  42. What a wonderful story behind this place. Lovely shots.

    September 10, 2013 at 14:46

  43. Beautiful shots…. England really does have some truly ancient treasures


    September 10, 2013 at 19:39

  44. Your photos are great and you tell us the story of a lovely way.

    · hugs

    · CR · & · LMA ·

    September 10, 2013 at 20:55

  45. jenmuddybootdreams

    Those are some breathtaking shots….enjoy your trip.


    September 11, 2013 at 06:08

  46. That’s a lovely church. Here in England we tend to take these things for granted, there are so many of them around but it’s nice to stop and really look once in a while:)

    September 11, 2013 at 08:34

  47. Beautiful looking church from both interior and exterior areas..

    my other main blog

    September 11, 2013 at 09:06

  48. Wow, what the wonderful church..but I just found a glorious place which is very famous for their amazing attractions. I hope that you will know about it through my new post of my other main blog..

    September 11, 2013 at 09:13

  49. Beautiful series, very nice photos

    September 11, 2013 at 09:24

  50. Very nice looking church – I believe that they are Norman arches.

    I’ll be back in the UK for a while in 2014 – excitement is building here!

    Cheers – Stewart M – Melbourne

    September 11, 2013 at 11:07

  51. That’s a great church. The detail is awesome.

    September 11, 2013 at 14:44

  52. Incredible photos. Just so beautiful, I would love to spend some quiet time there contemplating life:)

    September 11, 2013 at 15:02

  53. Yes, some nice pictures! I like that beautiful church!

    September 11, 2013 at 16:12

  54. Amazing place, fantastic photos:) Greetings

    September 11, 2013 at 17:44

  55. What an interesting story and fascinating church! :)

    September 11, 2013 at 20:50

  56. Al

    What a sense of history here.

    September 12, 2013 at 02:05

  57. I hope you’re having fun in England!

    September 12, 2013 at 03:29

  58. What a lovely old church – a real treat to see!

    September 12, 2013 at 09:41

  59. My daughter and I recently spent a day almost exactly like this. We toured Stanford University in California and their church is epically beautiful, like this one. I could just stay in there and soak up the beauty and sacredness. My goal is to go back and attend a service there. Then we left and went on to have dinner in a cemetery. There is an epic one in South San Francisco called Cypress Green and many of the state’s famous are buried there. It is SO beautiful and peaceful. We sat on the bench provided by the family of someone we had never heard of named Charles Carr. He died in 1919 so probably hasn’t had a lot of visitors of late. We thanked him for his hospitality and enjoyed our time almost absolutely alone amid the beauty. Strange? Probably. Still….lovely. Glad you are having a marvelous, beautiful, and meaningful holiday, Fi.

    September 12, 2013 at 10:39

  60. Magnificent!

    September 12, 2013 at 12:57

  61. Wonderful. Enjoyed reading through that. The old door is beautiful!

    September 13, 2013 at 09:40

  62. «Louis» is always fascinated with church architecture, all the more so with ancient churches such as this one. Great post!

    September 13, 2013 at 12:49

  63. Enjoyed the history behind this wonderful church shown so beautifully here Fiona. England in Autumn, how fab!

    September 13, 2013 at 15:01

  64. JM

    Fantastic set of shots! I’m in awe at the roots embracing the tombstone.

    September 15, 2013 at 14:14

  65. How magnificent! If only those walls could talk, they could tell endless stories. Wonderful images!

    September 17, 2013 at 00:40

  66. Pat

    There is nothing like this in my entire country! It is amazing…

    September 17, 2013 at 06:20

  67. Magnificent view and just gorgeous!

    September 23, 2013 at 12:38

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