St Laurence, Telscombe, Sussex

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Telscombe comprises a late 12thc. W tower and a 12thc. nave and chancel, respectively having a N aisle and N chapel. The VCH describes the chancel arch as 'a pseudo-Norman monstrosity'. The vestry is on the N side of the N aisle. The font is 13thc. and has been compared with that of nearby Piddinghoe. The church was restored in 1903 and 1922.


Telscombe is not mentioned in the Domesday Survey.


Interior Features


N arcade

The two-bay arcade separating the choir from the N chapel has round-headed arches. The cylindrical central pier carries a square crocket capital, with keeled conical brackets making the transition from circle to square. The E respond has a similar capital on a semi-columnar respond. At its W end, the arcade rests on an apparently earlier, multi-scalloped bracket. Its necking has a rounded profile, and the under side of the plain impost block is hollowed. There are six full and two half shields on the face of the capital, and one and a half on either side. V-shaped sheaths rise between the cones. The N corner of the capital (one and a half cones), and both corners of the impost block have been replaced.

W respond:
d. of N face 0.155 m
d. of S face 0.18 m
h. excl. necking 0.11 m
h. incl. necking 0.15 m
l. 0.70 m


According to VCH, the piscina is of 12thc. date, with 'a square protruding marble bowl with carved acanthus-type leaf work on its underside'. It was not noticed.


  • Victoria County History: Sussex 7 (Rape and Honour of Lewes). 1940, 77.
  • I. Nairn and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Sussex. Harmondsworth 1965, 611-12.


Site Location
National Grid Reference
TQ 405 034 
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales): Sussex
now: East Sussex
medieval: Chichester
now: Chichester
now: St Laurence
medieval: not confirmed
Type of building/monument
Parish church  
Report authors
Kathryn Morrison