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St Mary the Virgin, Yapton, Sussex

(50°49′21″N, 0°36′31″W)
SU 981 035
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Sussex
now West Sussex
  • Kathryn Morrison

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Feature Sets

The nave of Yapton church has aisles with early 13thc. arcades, with stiff-leaf and crocket capitals. There is a tower at the W end of the S aisle. The chancel is large, and entered through a 13thc. arch. The inner arch descends onto fluted consoles of a type that occur within the context of multi-scallop capitals in other W Sussex churches ofc.1200.


Yapton is not mentioned in the Domesday Book. Before 1255 it was a prebend of Arundel's minster church. In 1255 it was appropriated to Sees Abbey in Normandy. The chancel was rebuilt in the late 18thc., and restored in 1902-05. The rest of the church was restored in 1870-71.

The dedication to St Mary is implied by 1555.





Although stated to be of Sussex marble, this font is of a different type of limestone. It probably dates from the mid-12thc., and can be compared with the font at West Thorney.

Victoria County History: Sussex. V, Pt 1 (Arundel Rape - SW Part), (1997), 257-61
M. F. Drummond-Roberts, Some Sussex Fonts Photographed and Described. Brighton 1935, 109.
A. H. Peat and L. C. Halsted, Churches and Other Antiquities of West Sussex. Chichester 1912, 178-80.
I. Nairn and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Sussex. Harmondsworth 1965, 394.
A. K. Walker, An Introduction to the Study of English Fonts with Details of those in Sussex. London 1908, 42-43.