The church, restored in 1870, has a single-cell nave but there are two blocked arches of an arcade on its N side. There are two doorways, a round-headed N doorway, now blocked, and a pointed S doorway sheltered by a porch. The transept carries a central tower, and there is a square-ended chancel. Romanesque sculpture is found in the S nave doorway and on a capital supporting the modern font.
East Dean is not mentioned in the Domesday Survey. It formed part of the prebend of the collegiate church of Arundel, which was given to Chichester Cathedral in 1150.
Peat and Halsted reported that the upper part of the original font was 'broken up and built into the walls'.
|h. of opening||2.45 m|
|w. of opening||1.055 m|
|max. w.||0.18 m|
Victoria County History: Sussex. 4 (Chichester Rape) 1953, 95-96, with plan.
A.H. Peat and L.C. Halsted, Churches and Other Antiquities of West Sussex. Chichester 1912, 69.
I. Nairn and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Sussex. Harmondsworth 1965, 213-14.