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St Mary, East Lavant, Sussex

(50°52′10″N, 0°46′40″W)
East Lavant
SU 861 085
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Sussex
now West Sussex
  • Kathryn Morrison
22 April 1990, 18 September 2014

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Feature Sets

12thc. nave with 13thc. aisle, chancel and brick tower of 1671 on the S of the nave. The church was restored in 1863 by G. M. Hills. The only Romanesque sculpture at East Lavant is the W doorway.


The manor and church of East Lavant belonged to the Archbishop of Canterbury from pre-Conquest times until the Reformation.


Exterior Features



A very similar doorway at Amberley Castle may have been executed by the same workshop. Both ensembles can be datedc.1150.

VCH records the medieval dedication as St Mary Magdalene, but gives no dates. (VCH, iv, 102-03)


Victoria County History: Sussex. 4 (Chichester Rape) 1953, 102-03.

A. H. Peat and L. C. Halsted, Churches and Other Antiquities of West Sussex. Chichester 1912, 96-99.

I. Nairn and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Sussex. Harmondsworth 1965, 260.