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St Margaret, Ifield, Sussex

(51°7′23″N, 0°13′10″W)
TQ 247 375
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Sussex
now West Sussex
  • Kathryn Morrison

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Feature Sets

A rendered parish church, now on the outskirts of Crawley, comprising a W tower (1883) with a broach spire, an aisled nave(14thc.) with a king-post roof and clerestorey and a square chancel (13thc.). The 12thc. font is the earliest feature of the site.


Ifield is mentioned in the Domesday Book, but no church. In the late 12thc. or early 13thc. (before 1204) William de Braose gave the church to Rusper Nunnery (VCH vol II, 63ff). Rusper Nunnery also held the churches of Warnham, Selham and, from 1231, Horsham.





The font belongs to a large group of Sussex marble fonts with square basins and columnar supports. It seems to pre-date any of the church fabric, but this design may have continued into the 13thc.

I. Nairn and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Sussex. Harmondsworth 1965, 206-07.