Chichester, St Martin, (West Sussex)

The church of St Martin stood at the northeast corner of St. Martin's Street and St. Martin's Square, the site being marked by a tablet in the wall. It was acquired by the Dean and Chapter of Chichester, who presented in 1557 and held the patronage until the parish was united, and the register books and monuments were removed to the church of St. Olave in 1899.

In 1802–3 the church was found to be in a bad state of repair and was rebuilt at a cost of £1,700. The work, however, appears to have been badly executed, almost wholly with lath and plaster, and the building again fell into disrepair in 1906, when it was pulled down. A paper by Mr. E. E. Street gives some structural details of the church and a list of the monuments. The chief point of interest discovered during its demolition was the finding of a mural painting, probably of the late 13th century, representing a bishop with mitre and crosier and his right hand raised. The bishop may well be St. Richard of Chichester. The church had a chancel, nave and bell tower which were out of repair in 1403. It is described in 1750 as having a small nave, chancel and north aisle, and a spire steeple with two bells. Only one bell (c. 1450) remained when the church was pulled down, and this was given to the old church of Rumboldswyke.

Parent parish:

Chichester, St Martin has been merged into the parish of Chichester.

Places of worship:

Church details, together with baptism, marriage, monumental inscription & burial records can be accessed by clicking on the church name.

Ebenezer Chapel

St Martin

St Mary's Hospital Chapel

Census returns:

People residing in the parish:

282 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1841 census.

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1641 Protestation Returns:

There are 38 protestation returns for this parish in the OPC database.

Gazettes:

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Photographs:

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New Roughwood Churches Album has 5 images of churches in this parish.

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Publications:

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There are 2 articles about this parish in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Collections Index.

There is 1 person from this parish in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Society Members Index.

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