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St Bartholomew, Albourne, Sussex

(50°55′53″N, 0°12′45″W)
TQ 257 162
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Sussex
now West Sussex
  • Kathryn Morrison

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This church, which was virtually rebuilt by George Gilbert Scott in 1859, comprises a nave, a N aisle with a three-bay arcade, and a small, square-ended chancel. While the chancel arch itself is neo-Norman, the W wall of the churchyard incorporates original 12thc. stonework.


Albourne is not mentioned in the Domesday Survey (1086). It was probably during the 'restoration' by G G Scott in 1859 that elements of a 12thc. sculptural ensemble were dismantled and installed in the churchyard wall. Some of that sculpture may have come from the chancel arch, but according to Harrison the fragments came from 'an old arch of nave'.


Exterior Features


Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches

The 19thc. chancel arch is included in the Corpus as it may reflect the form and/or position of original 12thc. work.

The fragments in the W wall of the churchyard appear to be carved from sandstone with some fossil content. Their former location in the church remains uncertain.

F. Harrison, Notes on Sussex Churches. Hove 1908 (4th ed. 1920), 48.
I. Nairn and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Sussex. Harmondsworth 1965, 395.