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Church of the Transfiguration, Pyecombe, Sussex

The Transfiguration Church, Church Ln, Pyecombe, Brighton BN45 7FD, United Kingdom (50°53′54″N, 0°9′52″W)
TQ 291 126
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Sussex
now East Sussex
  • Kathryn Morrison
  • Kathryn Morrison
25 May 1991

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Pyecombe is a village in the Mid-Sussex district of West Sussex, 7 miles N or Brighton. The church is in the centre of the village and is faced with roughcast. It has a single nave with a N porch, a 3-bay chancel with N vestry and a W tower.


Pyecombe was not recorded under that name in the Domesday Survey but may have been derived from one or both of the manors of Pangdean held in 1086 by William son of Rainald of Earl Warenne. Thomas de Poynings, a successor of William son of Rainald, held land at Pyecombe in 1248. For later history see Victoria County History (bibliography). The church of 'Pingeden' was granted to the Priory of St. Pancras at Lewes by Adam de Poynings and his wife Beatrice, and this grant was confirmed by successive Earls Warenne in about 1095 and 1140.





Zarnecki (1957) notes that the lead fonts at Edburton and Pyecombe were produced in the same workshop. Their decoration is similar though nort identical. The same or similar patterns were used for the production of the two fonts but they were nor well used so that ugly breaks appear in the bands of decoration. The lowest bands of the two fonts differ in their designs.

He dates the fonts to the very end of the 12thc on the basis of the trefoil leaves seen especially on the lowest band of ornament.

  1. M. F. Drummond-Roberts, Some Sussex Fonts Photographed and Described. Brighton 1935. 69.
  1. F. Harrison, Notes on Sussex Churches, Hove 1908 (4th ed. 1920), 166.

Historic England Listed Building. English Heritage Legacy ID: 302730

  1. I. Nairn and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Sussex. Harmondsworth 1965, 587.

G. Zarnecki, English Romanesque Lead Sculpture, London 1957, 20, 21, 42, pl. 77,