St Andrew, Didling, Sussex

Feature Sets (2)

Description

A very small stone church in a rural location, of 13thc. appearance. The single-cell nave contains 15thc. pews. There is a square-ended chancel, and considerable amounts of brick walling. The church contains a plain font.

History

Didling is not mentioned in the Domesday Survey.

Features

Furnishings

Fonts

A very irregular, unlined tub font set on a roughly hewn circular plinth.

Dimensions
circ. 1.98 m
ext. diam. 0.63 m
int. diam. 0.45 m
max. h. excl. plinth 0.49 m
max. h. incl. plinth 0.73 m

Comments/Opinions

A notice in the church claims that the font is 'Saxon', and that it is hewn from a block of Bracklesham stone; Nairn and Pevsner suggest that it is 'probably 12th century'. In fact, it is such an unskilled piece of carving that it is impossible to date. The preponderance of plain Romanesque fonts in the area (e.g. Chithurst, Bepton, Cocking), and the dearth of Anglo-Saxon material, makes it probable that the font dates from the 12thc. It is not inconceivable, however, that it dates from the 13thc., like the church.

Bibliography

  • Victoria County History: Sussex. IV (Chichester Rape) 1953., 7, with plan. See: Sussex Archaeological Collections 42, 79; 44, 334.
  • I. Nairn and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Sussex. Harmondsworth 1965, 208.
  • R. Tricker, The Shepherds' Church. Saint Andrew Didling, 1986.
  • A. K. Walker, An Introduction to the Study of English Fonts with Details of those in Sussex. London 1908, 58-59.

Location

Site Location
Didling
National Grid Reference
SU 835 182 
Boundaries
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales): Sussex
now: West Sussex
Diocese
medieval: Chichester
now: Chichester
Dedication
now: St Andrew
medieval: St Andrew (1532)
Type of building/monument
Parish church  
Report authors
Kathryn Morrison