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St Mary the Virgin, North Marden, Sussex

(50°56′19″N, 0°51′10″W)
North Marden
SU 807 161
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Sussex
now West Sussex
  • Kathryn Morrison
22 April 1990, 14 September 1999, 18 September 2014

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This small church, approached through a farmyard in a tiny hamlet, has a single nave with opposing doorways (now corresponding to a porch on the S and a vestry on the N, both 19thc. additions), and a apsidal E end. The nave and apse are of the same height and are roofed together, with no structural demarcation of space. The Romanesque style apse windows are modern. There is no electricity.


North Marden may have been among the five fees held by Hugh de Falaise in the reign of Henry I, as his grand-daughter Agnes, widow of Geoffrey son of Azo, held a 1/3 fee there. The right of presentation went with the manor in the 13thc. and may also have done so in the 12thc. The church may originally have been chapel of ease to East Marden


Exterior Features





The archivolt of North Marden is very similar to that of the Canon Lane doorway in Chichester. The Maltese cross at the apex of the label appears to be an insertion.


Victoria County History: Sussex. IV (Chichester Rape) 1953, 109-10, with plan.

A. H. Peat and L. C. Halsted, Churches and Other Antiquities of West Sussex. Chichester 1912, 108.

P. McLaren, Notes on East and North Marden and their Churches, nd.

I. Nairn and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Sussex. Harmondsworth 1965, 268 269.

A. K. Walker, An Introduction to the Study of English fonts with details of those in Sussex. London 1908, 112-13.