St Mary, Felpham, Sussex

Feature Sets (3)


The church comprises a nave with late 12thc. N aisle and mid-13thc. S aisle, a 14thc. chancel and a 15thc. W tower. There is an arcaded Sussex marble font.


The Domesday Book records that Felpham was held by St Edward's Abbey, Shaftesbury, before and after 1066. The church is mentioned.


Interior Features



N arcade

Three bays, plain round-headed arches of two orders supported by circular piers with block capitals marking transition to square, chamfered impost blocks.

Capital N1, composed of five blocks, is carved with almond-shaped leaves on the SE, NE and NW angles, and a spade-shaped leaf on the SW.

Capital N2, also composed of five blocks, has narrow angle projections on the SE, SW and NW angles.

Capital N1:
h. 0.185 m - 0.215 m
w. (E face) 0.66 m - 0.69 m
Capital N2:
h. 0.185 m - 0.215 m
w. 0.66 m - 0.68 m



Located at E end S aisle. Square, Sussex marble bowl, each side carved with six shallow arches with sunk spandrels. Circular interior. It is supported by a thick central shaft and four slender angle shafts without capitals, all modern. Good condition; slightly damaged corners.

h. of bowl 0.29 m
int. dia. of bowl 0.59 m
w. of bowl (bottom) 0.69 m - 0.71 m
w. of bowl (top) 0.74 m


The arcade seems to be of late 12thc. date, and may be contemporary with the font.


  • J. Morris and J. Mothersill (ed.), Domesday Book: Sussex. Chichester 1976, 8a.1
  • A. H. Peat and L. C. Halsted, Churches and Other Antiquities of West Sussex. Chichester 1912, 76-79.
  • I. Nairn and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Sussex. Harmondsworth 1965, 219.
  • A. K. Walker, An Introduction to the Study of English Fonts with Details of those in Sussex. London 1908, ill. 65.


Site Location
National Grid Reference
SZ 949 998 
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales): Sussex
now: West Sussex
medieval: Chichester
now: Chichester
now: St Mary
medieval: not confirmed
Type of building/monument
Parish church  
Report authors
Kathryn Morrison