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St Peter, Ardingly, Sussex

(51°3′7″N, 0°5′27″W)
TQ 339 298
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Sussex
now West Sussex
  • Kathryn Morrison

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Feature Sets

Ardingly church has a W tower (around 15thc.), an aisled nave (N aisle added 1887) and a square chancel, and dates largely fromc.1330. Evidence for an earlier church on the site comes from the cushion capital which was found in the N wall in 1887.


The capital was found buried in the N wall of the church in 1887, when the N aisle was constructed.


Loose Sculpture


The capital may come from a window with a twin opening, a type usually restricted to church belfries and secular halls. It suggests the presence of a 12thc. tower at Ardingly.

Victoria County History: Sussex. 7 (Rape and Honour of Lewes). 1940, 129-132.
I. Nairn and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Sussex. Harmondsworth 1965, 397-398.