St Margaret of Antioch, (Ditchling)




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West Street/High St, Ditchling, West Sussex.

Grid reference: 532550, 115200, View on: Google Maps, Open Street Map, Streetmap, National Library of Scotland Map or Oldmaps.


Church of England Clergy Database.


Earliest Register: 1557.


There are no baptisms in the OPC database.

IGI Batches: P013941 (1557 ~ 1750); E070331 (1557 ~ 1750).


There are 7 burials in the OPC database.

No burial IGI batches known.


There are 12 marriages in the OPC database.

No marriage IGI batches known.

Monumental inscriptions:

There are no monumental inscriptions in the OPC database.


POWPics (The New Roughwood Church Album) contains 1 photographs of this church. This album will also display any postcards or other images of the church which are in the Sussex OPC database.

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

Building information:

Current use: Worship.

Harrison's description (1911):

ST. MARGARET. Restored in 1863, when the N. transept and N. wall of nave were rebuilt and Dec. windows inserted in N. and W. of nave. The cruciform church has some excellent work in the E.E. chancel. The arch is lofty, and the foliated capitals and E. shaft of transepts are excellent. The E. window of three lights, separated by sleder shafts with foliated capitals, has two cinquefoiled circles and one quatrefoiled over; the hood-moulding has a head, carved in chalk, at each end. On N. of window is a niche with trefoil-headed ogee arch, and on S. another with cinquefoiled arch - there would have been a figure in each in pre-Reformation times. In S. wall are piscina; credence table; and sedile. In N. wall trefoil-headed aumbry. On N. chancel are three lancets under ogee arches, supported by slender shafts with foliated capitals - two of these have heads carved in chalk at terminations of mouldings. One head of centre lancet may be St, Margaret. Priests' door is built up. In S. chancel aisle (Abergavenny Chapel) are Dec. windows, one in E. and two S., with shafts and corbel heads. In S. wall is part of trefoil-headed piscina. Chalice and paten are Elizabethan (1568); and flagon (1728). The aisle is separated from nave by two plain Tr. Nor. arches. Font, modern. Note: old chest and three stone slabs in porch (13th and 14th c.).


There is 1 document concerning this church in the OPC database.


There are no books about this church in the Sussex OPC Bibliography.

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

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