St Mary the Virgin, (Climping)




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


Church Lane/Horsemere Green Lane, Climping, West Sussex.

Grid reference: 500265, 102560, View on: Google Maps, Open Street Map, Streetmap, National Library of Scotland Map, Magic Maps


Church of England Clergy Database.


Earliest Register: 1678.


There are 1525 baptisms in the OPC database.

IGI Batches: C070241 (1572 ~1629, 1584 ~ 1624, 1611 ~ 1876); E070241 (1572 ~1629, 1584 ~ 1624, 1611 ~ 1876 ).


There are no burials in the OPC database.

No burial IGI batches known.


There are no marriages in the OPC database.

IGI Batch: M070241 (1572, 1584 ~ 1640, 1662 ~ 1878).

Monumental inscriptions:

There are no monumental inscriptions in the OPC database.


There are 18 images of this church in the OPC database.

Building information:

Built: Unknown or not given.

Current use: Worship.

Harrison's description (1911):

Restored in 1874. This cruciform church once stood within a moat.

With the exception of the Tr.-Nor. tower, this beautiful church is E.E. (c. 250), and has displaced an earlier building, the weather moulding of which may be seen inside the S. ransept. br>Note: fine doorway to tower, wioth mouldings of chevron and dog-tooth; the small lancets with chevron inserted in the buttresses (compare Old Shoreham); masons' mark on S. wall; dedication cross by doorway; sundials on buttresses on S. wall.

The interior is simple in its details, but good; the lancets are narrow and well splayed; the chancel windows are rebated on the inside, and retain some of the hooks to which shutters were attached; E. end triplet of lancets of different sizes; on N. and S. a lancet has been lengthened to for low-side window; two aumbries. Note: corbels to arches; 14th c. pulpit, and font with elegant panels; fine old oak chest with slot for Peter's Pence; oak panel near pulpit (1633); old seat ends; image bracket; gable windows. There are two old bells (1636 and 1654); old silver chalice and paten.

At Baylies Court (now a farm-house, but formerly residence of munks from Benedictine Abbey of Seez, Normandy) is a chapel, still retaining a beautiful 13th c. E. window of three trefoil-headed lights, with trefoil above; lancets on N. and S. with shafts and curved capitals; old oak beams; remains of double piscina; traces of Nor. work.


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