The font, which incorporates a 12thc. fragment, stands in an extension of the nave dating from 1961; there is no other Romanesque sculpture in the building.
East Dean, but no church, is mentioned in the Domesday Survey.
W end nave. Substantially modern cylindrical or tub font, modelled on incorporated 12thc. fragment, in present location facing W. The bowl is carved with three horizontal bands of decoration. The broad central band is carved with interlacing circles and semi-circles, which, while not compass-drawn, are remarkably accurate: the full circles are alternately ribbed, plain and drilled; the semi-circles are all ribbed. The top and bottom borders are narrower than the central band. The top border is carved with large spheres between two bands of nebule moulding and the lower border with a three-strand plait.
|circum. of bowl||1.825 m.|
|h. of bowl||0.39 m.|
|max. w. of original fragment||0.28 m.|
M. F. Drummond-Roberts, Some Sussex Fonts Photographed and Described. Brighton 1935, 31.
J. Morris and J. Mothersill (ed.), Domesday Book: Sussex. Chichester 1976, 9.44.
I. Nairn and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Sussex. Harmondsworth 1965, 45, 491.
Rev. A. A. Evans, `Three Sussex Fonts', Sussex County Herald, 1 May 1920.
A. K. Walker, An Introduction to the Study of English Fonts with Details of those in Sussex. London 1908, 52-53.