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St Mary the Virgin, Bulverhythe, Sussex

(50°50′49″N, 0°30′36″E)
TQ 768 083
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Sussex
now East Sussex
  • Kathryn Morrison
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Feature Sets

A ruined chapel excavated by Thomas Ross in 1861.

Lost sculpture: Carved fragments found in chancel during excavations in 1861 included a fragment of a scallop capital, a head and a moulding (SAC xiv, 1862, 117, all illustrated. The capital and the head corbel are probably Romanesque and are described below. The present whereabouts of these pieces is not known.


The chapel was a prebend of the free chapel of St Mary in Castro. It does not seem to have been granted to Sir Anthony Browne in 1540, and descended in the family of Sir Richard Sackville. It eventually fell into ruin.


Loose Sculpture


I have written to both Hastings Museum and Barbican House, Lewes, and neither has these recognises these pieces in its collection, although a careful search might turn something up.


W.D. Cooper and T. Ross, 'Notices of Hastings and its Municipal Rights', Sussex Archaeological Collections 14, 1862, 117-18.

Victoria County History: Sussex. IX (Rape and Honour of Hastings). 1937, 20-21.