St Andrew, Tangmere, Sussex

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Feature Sets (4)


This is a simple church with a W tower, a single-cell 12thc. nave and a 13thc. chancel. A carved window head is found on the S side of the nave. The church also contains a plain font.


In 1086, Lanfranc, Archbishop of Canterbury, held Tangmere, in the Rape of Chichester, in lordship. A church is mentioned at that time.


Exterior Features


S side of the nave, to the E of the porch

Of one order, with a monolithic arcuated window head carved with two standing figures with blocky bodies and oversized heads, reaching out towards one another. The figure on the left seems to carry something in its arms (lamb?). The figures are carved in shallow relief.

Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches

Chancel arch

See para.VIII below.



(Location: S side of nave, to W of S doorway.) Plain tub (cylindrical) font with prominent rim. Remains of staples in rim to NW and repair diametrically opposite to SE.

h. from floor 0.76 m
h. of tub 0.61 m
max. circ. 2.04 m
outer diam. 0.63 m


Nairn and Pevsner suggest that the window head may represent a beheading, and that it may be a reused Saxon fragment. They also mention a 13thc. chancel arch with scalloped imposts, which are actuallyfluted EE brackets.


  • Victoria County History: Sussex. 4 (Chichester Rape) 1953.
  • J. Morris and J. Mothersill (ed.), Domesday Book: Sussex. Chichester 1976, 2, 6.
  • A. H. Peat and L. C. Halsted, Churches and Other Antiquities of West Sussex. Chichester 1912.
  • G. Harper, Tangmere: A Village with Two Stories. 1983.
  • I. Nairn and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Sussex. Harmondsworth 1965, 347.
  • A. K. Walker, An Introduction to the Study of English Fonts with Details of those in Sussex. London 1908.
Church Plan


Site Location
National Grid Reference
SU 901 062 
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales): Sussex
now: West Sussex
medieval: Chichester
now: Chichester
now: St Andrew
medieval: not confirmed
Type of building/monument
Parish church  
Report authors
Kathryn Morrison