The church, restored in 1870, has a single-cell nave but there are two blocked arches of an arcade on its N side. There are two doorways, a round-headed N doorway, now blocked, and a pointed S doorway sheltered by a porch. The transept carries a central tower, and there is a square-ended chancel. Romanesque sculpture is found in the S nave doorway and on a capital supporting the modern font.
East Dean is not mentioned in the Domesday Survey. It formed part of the prebend of the collegiate church of Arundel, which was given to Chichester Cathedral in 1150.
Peat and Halsted reported that the upper part of the original font was 'broken up and built into the walls'.
Pointed, of three orders, retaining much whitewash.
Second order: nook shafts on attic bases sitting on oblique, rather than stepped plinths; plain neckings, carved capitals (see below) and impost blocks continuous with those of first order. L capital: of the waterleaf variety, incorporating a lower tier of spade-shaped leaves as well as tall, pointed leaves. Rim of bell visible. Main angle damaged. R capital: carved with a single row of pointed leaves; the tip of that on the main angle is broken. Rim of bell visible. Angle roll in the arch.
|h. of opening||2.45 m|
|w. of opening||1.055 m|
|max. w.||0.18 m|
Situated in the nave, opposite the S doorway. The modern, octagonal font sits directly on top of an upturned multi-scallop capital composed of flattened cones terminating in small, hollowed shields. These appear to have been truncated and recut. The capital now rests on a circular 'plinth', of a different type of stone.
Victoria County History: Sussex. 4 (Chichester Rape) 1953, 95-96, with plan.
A.H. Peat and L.C. Halsted, Churches and Other Antiquities of West Sussex. Chichester 1912, 69.
I. Nairn and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Sussex. Harmondsworth 1965, 213-14.