St James the Less, Lancing, Sussex

Feature Sets (4)

Description

The church, comprising a chancel, aisled central tower, aisled nave and S porch, was rebuilt at the end of the 13thc., but incorporates some reset 12thc. work. This includes the moulded S doorway ofc.1200, earlier fragments of billet (chancel, int.; nave ext.) and a voussoir (nave, ext.). The unusual font is probably late 12thc. in date. The vestry was added in 1934.

History

Lancing, but no church, is mentioned in 1086. The tower partially collapsed in 1621. The church was restored in 1827.

The medieval dedication is recorded in SAC, 52, p.50

Features

Exterior Features

Exterior Decoration

Miscellaneous

Fragment

,N nave aisle, N wall, to L of second window from W. A reset fragment carved with billet and sawtooth (more precisely diaper), probably from a string course.

Dimensions
h. 0.12 m
l. 0.25 m

Voussoir

N nave aisle, N wall, to R of first window from W. A reset voussoir, its face carved with two rows of lateral, centrifugal chevron (two rolls separated by a hollow).

Dimensions
l.(approx.) 0.24 m
w. 0.09 m - 0.11 m

Interior Features

Interior Decoration

Miscellaneous

Reset fragments

Chancel, easternmost end of S and N walls. Five lengths of reset string course on each wall, composed of a plain flat band between two chamfers carved with rows of single billet.

Dimensions
h. 0.12 m
total l. (N wall) 1.36 m
total l. (S wall) 1.245 m

Furnishings

Fonts

Location: nave, W end. A low, square Sussex marble bowl with a circular interior, composed of three horizontal sections, and supported by an octagonal central column and four angle colonnettes on a square plinth. Each face is carved with five rectangular panels.

Dimensions
h. of bowl 0.14 m - 0.16 m
w. of bowl 0.70 m - 0.73 m

Comments/Opinions

Bibliography

  • Sussex Archaeological Collections, Vol. 102, 50.
  • Victoria County History: Sussex. 6. 51.
  • J. Morris and J. Mothersill (ed.), Domesday Book: Sussex. Chichester 1976, 13.43-44.
  • A. K. Walker, An Introduction to the Study of English fonts with details of those in Sussex. London 1908, 71, ill.

Location

Site Location
Lancing
National Grid Reference
TQ 182 056 
Boundaries
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales): Sussex
now: West Sussex
Diocese
medieval: Chichester
now: Chichester
Dedication
now: St James the Less
medieval: St Mary
Type of building/monument
Parish church  
Report authors
Kathryn Morrison