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St Mary de Haura, Shoreham, at Dusk.

St Mary de Haura.

St Mary de Haura: Ancient church of Shoreham-by-Sea.

Ancient church of Shoreham-by-Sea.

Floodlit in the centre of Shoreham-by-Sea is the ancient Parish Church of St Mary de Haura. Dating back to the 11th Century, it owed its prosperity to the nearby port.

It was originally built in a cruciform shape – the nave being behind the tower. That section had been lost by the 16th Century. The main part in this view was the quire. It now comprises the nave and chancel.

Grade I listed, the building is of “exceptional interest” and national importance. It stands prominently in the town. Surrounded by a well-kept graveyard, there are paths through the grounds.

As usual, trees surrounding churches can make external photography difficult. This was taken from a good spot in East Street, where almost all the exterior is visible. A 2-minute exposure with a small aperture gives good colour and depth of field. The light just along the top of the wall was caused by a cyclist going past!

Photograph Details:

  • Taken: 1 Oct 2017
  • Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M10 MkIIA
  • Lens: Olympus 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6
  • Focal Length 14mm
  • F/22
  • 121 Sec
  • ISO 200

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