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St John the Baptist, Westfield, Sussex

(50°54′28″N, 0°34′18″E)
TQ 809 152
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Sussex
now East Sussex
  • Kathryn Morrison

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Feature Sets

The only surviving sculptures from the 12thc. church, which comprised a W tower, single-cell nave and chancel, are the chancel arch capitals.


Westfield church and a pit for the ordeal by water were granted to the Abbey of Battlec.1100 by Wenig, who held the manor from William son of Wibert, who had held the manor from the Count of Eu in 1086. The church was mentioned in 1086.


Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches

The chancel arch capitals probably date from soon after the church was given to Battle, c.1100. The bases of the chancel arch, composed of numerous annular rings, correspond with such a date.

Victoria County History: Sussex, 1, 398, fn4.
Victoria County History: Sussex. IX (Rape and Honour of Hastings). 1937, 93-94.
J. Morris and J. Mothersill (ed.), Domesday Book: Sussex. Chichester 1976, 1976, 9.17.
I. Nairn and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Sussex. Harmondsworth 1965, 622.