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All Saints, Beckley, Sussex

(50°58′56″N, 0°37′22″E)
TQ 842 236
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Sussex
now East Sussex
  • Kathryn Morrison
22 April 1989

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Beckley church has an 11thc. W tower with herringbone masonry at the lower level. The nave is flanked by aisles with late 13thc. arcades and the chancel seems to date from the early 14thc. The present font is 18thc., but fragments of its 12thc. predecessor survive in the church.


Beckley was not mentioned in the Domesday Book. The gift of Beckley church to the canons of St Mary-in-Castro, Hastings, by Count Robert of Eu was confirmed by Robert's grandson, Henry, in the 12thc.





There is no comparable font in Sussex, as arcading was always more popular than fluting. A fluted Sussex marble capital from Battle Abbey cloister can be datedc.1160-70, providing some guidance for the date for this font (c.1175?).


I. Nairn and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Sussex. Harmondsworth 1965, 412-13.

Victoria County History: Sussex. 9 (Rape and Honour of Hastings). 1937, 147-48.