The only Romanesque sculpture in the church is the S doorway.
East Wittering, but not its church, is mentioned in 1086. The church is thought to have originated as the private chapel of Oliver de Wystringes, who held the manor of the bishops of Chichester. Oliver held part of a knight's fee of the Bishop in 1166, and towards the end of the century he gave the church and the house and croft of the chaplain to Chichester Cathedral.
At the time of visiting the Chapel was undergoing conversion into a museum of 20thc. paraphernalia (1990).
Of two orders.
|h. of capitals||0.195 m|
|h. of opening||1.87 m|
|w. of opening||0.925 m|
Plain with segmental arch.
With two free-standing nook shafts with scallop capitals carrying a round-headed archivolt decorated with chevron. The W capital is multi-scalloped with four slightly tapered cones on both faces; the E capital is a triple-scallop capital with triangles, joined by loops at their bases, rising between the cones. The imposts have a hollow chamfer and grooved upright. The archivolt is carved with multiple rows of shallow, lateral, centripetal chevron (one fat roll, three narrow rolls, one fat roll, three narrow rolls), terminating in a flat disk (not compass drawn). Only half of the springers are carved (cf. East Lavant, North Marden, etc). Several of the voussoirs have been replaced. The chamfered surface of the label is carved with a zig-zagging ribbon, similar to ruban angevin but with additional vertical incisions.
Voussoir from S doorway, reset in S nave wall, below easternmost window.
|max. w.||0.11 m|
Victoria County History: Sussex. 4 (Chichester Rape) 1953, 216-17.
J. Morris and J. Mothersill (ed.), Domesday Book: Sussex. Chichester 1976, 3.8.
A. H. Peat and L. C. Halsted, Churches and Other Antiquities of West Sussex. Chichester 1912, 174-75.
I. Nairn and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Sussex. Harmondsworth 1965, 216-17.