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St Julian, Kingston Buci, Sussex

(50°49′59″N, 0°14′51″W)
Kingston Buci
TQ 235 052
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Sussex
now West Sussex
medieval St Julian
now St Julian
  • Kathryn Morrison

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Feature Sets

The church comprises a 13thc. chancel and central tower, and an 11thc. nave with a 13thc. N aisle and S porch. It incorporates no 12thc. fabric.


Kingston, and two churches there, are mentioned in the Domesday Book.

the late 12thc. dedication is recorded in B.L. Cott. M.S. Nero E. VI, F.266.


Exterior Features

Exterior Decoration


If this was a column-statue, it is the only fragment of one to survive in Sussex, and one of the few 12thc. examples known in England. It is unlikely to have come from Kingston Buci, and the most obvious provenance is Lewes Priory. Unfortunately, its passage to Kingston Buci is undocumented. Such a small area of surface carving survives that it is difficult to analyse the drapery style. The folds of the L sleeve appear to be softly modelled. The symmetrical arrangement of the costume, the hood and the gesture of the L hand lead one to suppose that the figure is an ecclesiastic.

Victoria County History: Sussex. 6, p.137: no mention of fragment.
J. Morris and J. Mothersill (ed.), Domesday Book: Sussex. Chichester 1976, 13.28-29.
F. Grayling, `Kingston Buci Church' Sussex Archaeological Collections, 61, 1920, p.53 ff: no mention of fragment.
F.W. Steer, Guide to the Church of St Julian, Kingston Buci, 1965.