St Mary the Virgin, East Preston, Sussex

Feature Sets (2)


East Preston church has a Perp. W tower, a 12thc. nave with a Victorian S aisle (1869; Sir George Gilbert Scott), and a 13thc. chancel, which is the same height and width as the nave. There is a Norman window in the N wall of the nave.


East Preston is mentioned in the Domesday Survey, but no church.


Exterior Features


N Doorway

The N doorway lies within the N porch. It has a round-headed arch, and comprises two orders. The inner arch has been cut back and its impost blocks removed. The plain scallop capitals, however, survive to E and W. These have very tall cones and barely-defined shields. The columns and bases have also been removed. The second order has a plain, unchamfered arch, which is flush with the wall.

h. 1.89 m
h. of capital 0.215 m (E); 0.20 m (W)
w. 0.85 m



  • J. Morris and J. Mothersill (ed.), Domesday Book: Sussex. Chichester 1976, 11.69.
  • A. H. Peat and L. C. Halsted, Churches and Other Antiquities of West Sussex. Chichester 1912, 121-22.
  • I. Nairn and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Sussex. Harmondsworth 1965, 215-16.


Site Location
East Preston
National Grid Reference
TQ 064 025 
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales): Sussex
now: West Sussex
medieval: Chichester
now: Chichester
now: St Mary the Virgin
medieval: not confirmed
Type of building/monument
Parish church  
Report authors
Kathryn Morrison