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St Andrew, Ford, Sussex

(50°49′27″N, 0°34′43″W)
TQ 002 037
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Sussex
now West Sussex
medieval St Andrew
now St Andrew
  • Kathryn Morrison

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This is a small church, little used and still without electricity, comprising a nave with a W bell-turret, opposing N and S doorways and a brick S porch (1637). There are fragments of Anglo-Saxon interlace over the N doorway, which now leads into a vestry. There are two small and two larger, slightly pointed, Norman windows in the N wall of the nave.


Neither Ford nor its church is mentioned in the Domesday Book. The church is said to have belonged to Clymping in the late 12thc. or early 13thc. (both were confirmed to Almeneches Abbey in 1178). The church was restored in 1865 and again in 1899 (by Philip Mainwaring Johnston). Evidence for a 13thc. S aisle, which had been destroyed by fire in the 16thc., was uncovered in 1899. A note in the church mentions that the font, which is thought to be Saxon but could be Norman, was thrown out in 1865, but recovered from a farmyard in 1899, and mounted on a block of Bath stone. In the meantime, according to Drummond-Roberts, it had been used as a swimming bath for ducks! The parish has been united with Yapton since 1874. Extensive repairs were carried out in 1973.


Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches




Chancel Arch, probably first quarter of 12thc. (hollow chamfer on imposts). Font, early 12thc. (?)

Victoria County History: Sussex. V, Pt 1 (Arundel Rape - SW Part), 1997, 187-90.
M. F. Drummond-Roberts, Some Sussex Fonts Photographed and Described. Brighton 1935, 40.
A. H. Peat and L. C. Halsted, Churches and Other Antiquities of West Sussex. Chichester 1912, 8690.
P.M. Johnston, 'Ford and its Church', Sussex Archaeological Collections 43, 1900, 105-157; 44, 1901, 206-207.
I. Nairn and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Sussex. Harmondsworth 1965, 225-26.
A. K. Walker, An Introduction to the Study of English Fonts with Details of those in Sussex. London 1908, 94-95.