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St John the Baptist, Findon, Sussex

(50°51′54″N, 0°24′55″W)
TQ 116 085
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Sussex
now West Sussex
  • Kathryn Morrison

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The church comprises a W tower, a nave jointly roofed with an early 13thc. N aisle (sometimes mistakenly referred to as a twin nave), a transept and a square chancel.


A church of 'Findune' is mentioned in the Domesday Book. About 1155 it was served by a secular clerk but by 1210 there was a rector. It was restored by Sir George Gilbert Scott in 1867-68.


Interior Features


Tower/Transept arches




The S transept was not entered, but apparently contains a blocked 12thc. arch with carved decoration. Although the VCH claims that the font was replaced by a replica in 1867, it appears to date fromc.1200.

Victoria County History: Sussex. 6, Pt 1 (Bramber Rape - S Part), 1980, 31-33.
J. Morris and J. Mothersill (ed.), Domesday Book: Sussex. Chichester 1976, 13.11.
A. H. Peat and L. C. Halsted, Churches and Other Antiquities of West Sussex. Chichester 1912, 83-85.
I. Nairn and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Sussex. Harmondsworth 1965, 222-23.
A. K. Walker, An Introduction to the Study of English Fonts with Details of those in Sussex. London 1908, 96-97.