St Mary, (Broadwater)




Church website.

A Church Near You (Church of England site for this church).


Broadwater Road, Broadwater, West Sussex.

Grid reference: 514650, 104400, View on: Google Maps, Open Street Map, Streetmap, National Library of Scotland Map or Oldmaps.


Church of England Clergy Database.


Earliest Register: 1558.


There are 8252 baptisms in the OPC database.

IGI Batch: C153843 (1847 ~ 1867).


There are no burials in the OPC database.

No burial IGI batches known.


There are 834 marriages in the OPC database.

IGI Batch: M153843 (1846 ~ 1867).

Monumental inscriptions:

There are no monumental inscriptions in the OPC database.


There are 13 images of this church in the OPC database.

Building information:

Built: 950.

Current use: Worship.

Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture has many pictures and much information concerning this church

Harrison's description (1911):

ST. MARY. Restored in 1826 and 1866. This fine cruciform church is mainly Tr.-Nor. The Perp. nave was originally E.E., probably coeval with the chancel, or a little later; the responds at the W. end and lancet window in the clerestory on the S. side indicate this. The E. end is E.E. (restored). The details deserve careful notice. The chancel tower arch is semi-circular, and, in addition to the mouldings of chevron, the capitals of the piers have palm branches, introduced by the Crusaders, and grotesque birds; the nave arch is pointed and has beak-heads, but the capitals and piers have been cased in stone. The chancel has a string course of zig-zag and pellett, and clustered shafts springing from these support the plain ribbed vaulting. On the chancel floor are an altar stone with five crosses, and a fine brass to John Mapilton, Chancellor to Margaret of Anjou (d. 1432); another to Anne, wife of Sir Ed. Alford (1692). The original rich oak carving of stalls and misereres, and the two splendid Renaissance tombs are striking objects:- one to the 8th Lord de la Warr (d. 1526), the other in S. transept to the 9th (d. 1554). The old iron tilting helmet was utilised for a time as a poor box in front of the pulpit. Some of the old tiling may be seen near the stalls. Note brass cross fleury (1445?) in nave floor; corbel N. and S. of nave arch for rood beam. There were originally small chapel, or chantries, leading from the transepts, and in 1866 the central arch in S. transept was opened to make an entry to the new vestry in which is an old communion table, dating probably from Archbishop Laud's time; also an old chest. W. tower arch with chevron mouldings, now pointed, was probably semi-circular originally. There are traces of semi-circular arches above N. and S. tower transept arches. On N. and on S. side of nave, between clerestory windows, are flint crosses. Note also the buttress under E. window, and gable cross under porch. The circular opening in porch, Mr. P. M. Johnston says, is of the same date as the blocked-up circular low-side window of Coombes (early perp.). The Rev. E.K.Elliott consulted a friend, formerly a priest of the Roman Church, who suggested that this opening was for one of the serving men who would receive messages through it from those requiring the attendance of a priest at the bed-side of a dying person, and the servitor would convey the message through an underground passage to the monastery, which stood on the site of the present Manor House. (Vide "Broadwater Church and its Associations.")

Note tomb in churchyard, representing the Last Day.


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There is 1 article about this church in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Collections Index.

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Broadwater Road.

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