St John the Baptist, Kirdford, Sussex

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Feature Sets (2)


Only the nave of the 12thc. church remains.


Kirdford was not mentioned in 1086. It was later part of the endowment of the priory of Arundel, re-founded by the Earl of Arundel as a cell of the abbey of Sez in Normandy in 1177.

16thc. wills refer to the dedication to St Mary.


Exterior Features


S doorway

Blocked S doorway, between the first and second windows from the W end of the nave, comprising two round-headed orders.

h. of opening 2.20 m
w. of opening 1.135 m
E capital:
h. 0.19 m
w. 0.205 m x 0.19 m
W capital:
h. 0.20 m
w. 0.22 m x 0.21 m
First order

Continuous and plain.

Second order

A slightly angular roll is carried by nook shafts in three sections, with very worn carved capitals and plain impost blocks. The bases are concealed by the brick coursing of an open drain. Traces of an angle palmette may still be distinguished on the W capital, while its compliment on the E appears to have been an unadorned cushion capital.


The nave to which the S doorway belongs displays herringbone masonry, which concords with the early 12thc. date suggested by the capitals.


  • I. Nairn and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Sussex. Harmondsworth 1965, 253.


Site Location
National Grid Reference
TQ 018 265 
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales): Sussex
now: West Sussex
medieval: Chichester
now: Chichester
now: St John the Baptist
medieval: Our Lady (16thc.)
Type of building/monument
Parish church  
Report authors
Kathryn Morrison