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St James, Stedham, Sussex

(50°59′46″N, 0°46′17″W)
SU 863 226
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Sussex
now West Sussex
  • Kathryn Morrison

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Feature Sets

The church was rebuilt by J Butler in 1850, incorporating a tower of 1670-73 on its S side. Photographs are included here of three fragments of grave slabs, of uncertain date, which are set in the facing of the S wall. The church contains a plain font.


Stedham church is mentioned in the Domesday Survey, at which time it was held by Robert, from Earl Roger.





In 1851, Butler published an illustrated article about the fragments discovered in Stedham church during its rebuilding. The majority of these appear to be coffin fragments of 13thc. or 14thc. date, but the nave walls included 'many specimens of cable moulding, the ordinary criterion of Norman work' (Butler 1851, 20). The present whereabouts of these cable fragments is not known.

Walker points out similarities to the font at East Marden (W Sussex), but the Stedham font is technically superior. Its date is in some doubt.

Victoria County History: Sussex. 4 (Chichester Rape) 1953, 83-84.
J. Morris and J. Mothersill (ed.), Domesday Book: Sussex. Chichester 1976, 11, 10.
M. F. Drummond-Roberts, Some Sussex Fonts Photographed and Described. Brighton 1935, 83.
J. Butler, 'The Antiquities of Stedham Church', Sussex Archaeological Collections 4, 1851, 19-20.
I. Nairn and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Sussex. Harmondsworth 1965, 337 (no mention of font).
A. K. Walker, An Introduction to the Study of English fonts with details of those in Sussex. London 1908, 108-09.