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St Mary, Chidham, Sussex

(50°49′45″N, 0°53′2″W)
SU 787 039
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Sussex
now West Sussex
medieval Our Lady
now St Mary
  • Kathryn Morrison

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Feature Sets

Chidham church, largely 13thc. in date, has a single nave, with a W bell-cote. A two-bay arcade (14thc.) opens into a short aisle or chapel at the E end of the N side. There is a square chancel.


Chidham is not mentioned in the Domesday Book. It was one of five prebends belonging to the College of Bosham. It was restored in 1865.





The font probably dates from the late 12th or early 13thc. It was thought Saxon by Drummond-Roberts.

Victoria County History: Sussex. 4 (Chichester Rape) 1953, 189-190, with plan.
M. F. Drummond-Roberts, Some Sussex Fonts Photographed and Described. Brighton 1935, 22.
A. H. Peat and L. C. Halsted, Churches and Other Antiquities of West Sussex. Chichester 1912, 62-63.
I. Nairn and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Sussex. Harmondsworth 1965, 186.
A. K. Walker, An Introduction to the Study of English Fonts with Details of those in Sussex. London 1908, 106-07.