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St Mary, Binsted, Sussex

(50°50′39″N, 0°36′28″W)
SU 981 059
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Sussex
now West Sussex
  • Kathryn Morrison
08 September 1998

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Feature Sets

Binsted church has a single nave, with a bell turret at the W end, opposing N and S doorways and one blocked Norman window (N side). The chancel is not separated from the nave by an arch, and has Norman windows on both N and S sides.


Binsted is mentioned in the Domesday Book, but not the church. However, the church is known to have existed by the mid-12thc., and by 1291 it had been appropriated to Tortington Priory. It was restored by Sir T G Jackson in 1867-68.




Piscinae/Pillar Piscinae


The font, with its cylindrical shaft and base, could date from the late 12thc. The multi-scalloped piscina resembles corbels or respond capitals occurring in arcades ofc.1200 in the area around Boxgrove.


Victoria County History: Sussex. 5, Pt 1 (Arundel Rape - SW Part), (1997), 123-125.

J. Morris and J. Mothersill (ed.), Domesday Book: Sussex. Chichester 1976, 11.80

Anon, nd. St Mary's Church, Binsted (church guide)

I. Nairn and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Sussex. Harmondsworth 1965, 105

A. K. Walker, An Introduction to the Study of English fonts with details of those in Sussex. London 1908, 120-121