All Hallows, Tillington, Sussex
- Site Location
- National Grid Reference
- SU 963 220
now: West Sussex
now (or name of monument): All Hallows
- Type of building/monument
- Parish church
II General Description
The church comprises a W porch, nave, N and S aisles of 3 bays each, and a chancel with an organ chamber on the N side. In 1807 a tower was built on the S side of the chancel, and the N aisle was added. The S nave arcade dates from the late 12thc.
IV Interior Features
(i) S arcade
The font is located at the W end of the S aisle. It has an octagonal bowl, which stands on a single column and two superimposed chamfered plinths. The upper plinth appears to be of Sussex marble, but the rest is local limestone. The lower two-thirds of the bowl tapers to fit the size of the supporting column. The interior is circular and lead lined.
|h. of bowl||0.39 m|
|diam. of interior||0.45 m|
|length of sides||vary between 26cm and 29cm, but variation probably due to wear|
In 1086 Tillington, in the Rape of Chichester, was held by Robert from Earl Rodger. There was no mention of a church.
There is reason to believe that the W respond of the S arcade represents the beginning of the aisle campaign. The pointed arches of the three-bay N and S arcades are carried by circular piers with foliate capitals and octagonal impost blocks, and by semi-circular responds carrying, except at the W end of the S arcade, foliate capitals and five-sided impost blocks. The W bay of the S arcade is not only distinguished from the others by its W respond: the two orders of the pointed arch have broader chamfers here, and the foliage of capital 2 follows a slightly different design from all the others. Instead of continuing to the necking, the groove separating the broad, plain leaves terminates in a drilled hole half-way down the basket. In sum the arch, respond and main capital of the W bay of the S arcade represent either an experimental stage in an uninterrupted building campaign, or the beginning of a campaign which was interrupted and recommenced, after no lengthy passage of time, with slightly different architectural detailing. It can be dated to the late 12thc.
The font is thought to date from the 12th century.
- M. F. Drummond-Roberts, Some Sussex Fonts Photographed and Described. Brighton 1935, 92.
- J. Morris and J. Mothersill (ed.), Domesday Book: Sussex. Chichester 1976, 11.19.
- I. Nairn and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Sussex. Harmondsworth 1965, 351.