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Holy Trinity, Hurstpierpoint, Sussex

(50°55′58″N, 0°10′52″W)
TQ 279 164
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Sussex
now West Sussex
  • Kathryn Morrison

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The church of St Lawrence was completely rebuilt to a design by Sir Charles Barry in 1843-45 and dedicated to the Holy Trinity. The previous church on the site had been virtually rebuiltc.1420.


The medieval church of St Lawrence, mentioned in the Domesday Book, was demolished and rebuilt by Sir Charles Barry in 1843-45. It appears to have had two Norman piers, but the style of their capitals is not recorded. A late 18thc. view of the interior shows the font (V.1.i), which was restored by Sir George Gilbert Scott in 1863. The stencilling dates from that time, as does the machine-smooth surface. In 1908, Walker referred to the rim as 'put on recently' (Walker 1901, 118).

The 'mortar' (V.4.i) was retrieved from Little Park Farm at an unknown date. It was published by Walker, who identified it as a font and gave several bibliographic references for it. Her identification of it as a font seems to be based on the discovery of a similar piece under the floor of St Etheldreda's in London, which was described as a 'stoup' by Scott. Harrison also identified it as a font. A similar piece survives in Aldingbourne Church (W Sussex).

A text of 1806 referred to 'the font, which seems very antient and is, perhaps, the only relick of the Church mentioned in Domesday' (cited in Norris 1993, 8). This probably refers to the font (V.1.i) rather than the mortar (V.4.i).

A previous church on the site was dedicated to St Lawrence.






The font (V.1,i) probably dates from the 13thc. rather than the 12thc. The date of the 'mortar' is not known, but it is probably medieval.

Victoria County History: Sussex. 7 (Rape and Honour of Lewes). 1940, 177-78.
J. Morris and J. Mothersill (ed.), Domesday Book: Sussex. Chichester 1976, 12.36.
M. F. Drummond-Roberts, Some Sussex Fonts Photographed and Described. Brighton 1935, 49.
F. Harrison, Notes on Sussex Churches. Hove 1908 (4th ed. 1920), 133.
J. Norris, Notes on the Church of the Holy Trinity Hurstpierpoint 1993, (first published 1973).
A. K. Walker, An Introduction to the Study of English fonts with details of those in Sussex. London 1908, 118-119; 124.