St Peter, East Marden, Sussex

Feature Sets (2)


The church appears to date from the 13thc. The aisleless nave has opposing doorways and is contiguous with the chancel, without an arch. There is a S porch and N vestry.


Marden is mentioned in the Domesday Book, but no church. The church was restored in 1875. When Walker published this font in 1908 the lining did not overlap the rim, and she noted that staples remained on one side.




A plain cup-shaped font. The lead lining of the basin overlaps the rim and is decoratively cusped. Large mend on NW side of rim just visible under lining. The tapering, concave stem and plinth appear to be modern. (Location: W end of nave.)

diam. (exterior) 0.70 m (includes lead lining)
diam. (interior) 0.51 m
h. of bowl only approx. 0.44 m
h. of whole 0.99 m


The font is probably late 12thc. or early 13thc. in date.


  • Victoria County History: Sussex.4 (Chichester Rape) 1953, 107-08, with plan.
  • M. F. Drummond-Roberts, Some Sussex Fonts Photographed and Described. Brighton 1935, 33.
  • A. H. Peat and L. C. Halsted, Churches and Other Antiquities of West Sussex. Chichester 1912, 107.
  • I. Nairn and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Sussex. Harmondsworth 1965, 269.
  • A. K. Walker, An Introduction to the Study of English Fonts with Details of those in Sussex. London 1908, 108-09.


Site Location
East Marden
National Grid Reference
SU 807 146 
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales): Sussex
now: West Sussex
medieval: Chichester
now: Chichester
now: St Peter
medieval: not confirmed
Type of building/monument
Parish church  
Report authors
Kathryn Morrison