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St Mary, Apuldram, Sussex

(50°49′20″N, 0°48′26″W)
SU 841 032
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Sussex
now West Sussex
  • Kathryn Morrison

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Feature Sets

The 12thc. nave has received several additions, namely a 13thc. S aisle, a 15thc. S porch and a 19thc. vestry. The nave is not divided from the 13thc.chancel by an arch. There are substantial 19thc. restorations. The font is the only 12thc. carved feature.


The manor of Apuldram was attached to Bosham untilc.1120 when Henry I gave it to Battle Abbey. Ecclesiastical jurisdiction, nevertheless, remained with Bosham. The church was restored in 1803, 1845, 1862, 1877 and 1890.

the church was originally Chapel of Ease (to Bosham) achieving the status of a parish church when it was granted right of burial in 1447 (VCH 4:140)





The font is of a type widespread in Sussex and difficult to date within the 12thc./early 13thc. Steer maintained that the central shaft is original (Steer 1965, 3).

Victoria County History: Sussex. IV (Chichester Rape) 1953, 139-140.
M. F. Drummond-Roberts, Some Sussex Fonts Photographed and Described. Brighton 1935, 4.
A. H. Peat and L. C. Halsted, Churches and Other Antiquities of West Sussex. Chichester 1912, 25-28.
A. Mee, The King's England: Sussex. London 1937 (revised and edited by C.L.S.Linnell 1964), 6.
I. Nairn and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Sussex. Harmondsworth 1965, 85 (no mention of font).
Rev. F. H. Arnold, 'Parochial History of Apuldram', Sussex Archaeological Collections 18, 1866, 74-86.
F. Steer, Guide to the Church of St Mary the Virgin Apuldram (church guide). 1965.
A. K. Walker, An Introduction to the Study of English Fonts with Details of those in Sussex. London 1908, 82-83.