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St Nicholas, Worth, Sussex

(51°6′37″N, 0°8′29″W)
TQ 302 362
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Sussex
now West Sussex
  • Kathryn Morrison

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Feature Sets

The Anglo-Saxon church is remarkably complete, having an apsidal chancel and a rectangular nave with porticus or transepts at its E end. The tower on the N side of the chancel was built in 1871, and the N porch was added in 1886. The font dates from the early 13thc.


In 1986 fire damaged the 19th-century roof; it was replaced between February 1987 and June 1988.





The upper part of the font probably dates from the second quarter of the 13thc., but continues the tradition of columnar Sussex marble fonts which thrived throughout the region in the late 12thc. and early 13thc. It is usually dated to the late 12thc. It has been suggested that the lower block is earlier. It looks Early English.

Victoria County History: Sussex. VII (Rape and Honour of Lewes). 1940, 197-99.
H.M. and J. Taylor, Anglo-Saxon Architecture. Vol. 2, Cambridge, 1965, 688-93.
W.S. Walford, 'On the Church at Worth' Sussex Archaeological Collections 8 1856, 235-45.