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St Nicholas, West Thorney, Sussex

(50°48′57″N, 0°54′35″W)
West Thorney
SU 769 024
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Sussex
now West Sussex
  • Kathryn Morrison

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Feature Sets

West Thorney church has a W tower, and a nave and chancel which are roofed together. There is a blocked N arcade, and apparently a S aisle was also lost. The predominant style is Early English.


In 1086, West Thorney was a possession of the Bishop of Exeter. A church is mentioned.





Although there are similarities between the arcading on West Thorney font, and that on a number of late 12thc. 'altar' type fonts (eg: Stoughton), this piece probably dates from the early-to-mid 12thc. It resembles the font of Yapton.

Victoria County History: Sussex 4 (Chichester Rape) 1953, 196-97.
J. Morris and J. Mothersill (ed.), Domesday Book: Sussex. Chichester 1976, 6.1.
I. Nairn and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Sussex. Harmondsworth 1965, 375-76.
A. K. Walker, An Introduction to the Study of English Fonts with Details of those in Sussex. London 1908, 44-45.