St Mary, Felpham, Sussex

Feature Sets (3)

Description

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.

History

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

Features

Interior Features

Arcades

Nave

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.

Dimensions
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

Furnishings

Fonts

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.

Dimensions
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

Comments/Opinions

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

Bibliography

  • 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.

Location

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