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Cocking, Sussex

(50°57′0″N, 0°45′0″W)
SU 879 175
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Sussex
now West Sussex
medieval not confirmed
  • Kathryn Morrison
11 April 1993

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Feature Sets

The church comprises an aisled nave, apparently late 11thc in origin, a 14thc W tower, and a square-ended chancel with a plain arch and a vestry on its N side. It contains a plain font.


There was a church in Cocking at the time of the Domesday Book. Cocking was held by Robert from Earl Roger.





Nairn and Pevsner date the font to the 12thc., and it is difficult to narrow it down any further. It is tempting, however, to place the plain tub and cup fonts of the county in the first three-quarters of the century, before the fashion for arcaded Sussex marble fonts took over. It is reasonable, however, to expect an overlap of the two types, for financial as much as any other reason.


Victoria County History: Sussex. 4 (Chichester Rape) 1953, 45-47, with plan.

J. Morris and J. Mothersill (ed.), Domesday Book: Sussex. Chichester 1976, 11, 11.

M. F. Drummond-Roberts, Some Sussex Fonts Photographed and Described. Brighton 1935, 25.

I. Nairn and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Sussex. Harmondsworth 1965, 192-93.

A. K. Walker, An Introduction to the Study of English fonts with details of those in Sussex. London 1908, 118-19.