St Peter, (Henfield)




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Henfield, West Sussex BN5 9NY.

Grid reference: 521225, 116240, View on: Google Maps, Open Street Map, Streetmap, National Library of Scotland Map or Oldmaps.


Church of England Clergy Database.


Earliest Register: 1595.


There are 3002 baptisms in the OPC database.

IGI Batch: C070611 (1810 ~ 1876).


There are 9 burials in the OPC database.

No burial IGI batches known.


There are 3 marriages in the OPC database.

IGI Batch: M070611 (1810 ~ 1876).

Monumental inscriptions:

There are no monumental inscriptions in the OPC database.


POWPics (The New Roughwood Church Album) contains 29 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 24 images of this church in the OPC database.

Building information:

Current use: Worship.

Harrison's description (1911):

ST. PETER. The church has been much restored, but some of the original E.E. work remains in the pillars; the tower is Perp. There is a portion of the old screen left, but the fine Perp. screen which separates the nave from the tower is modern. There are two good brasses, one to Thomas Bishop (1559) on an altar in present vestry; a second (1633). Font, 13th c. Note: old chest, chair and table. Reg. 1595.


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

There are no articles about this church in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Collections Index.


St Peter’s Church is the ancient parish church of the Henfield. Set on slightly higher land above the River Adur, the church is surrounded by paths edge din tall yew bushes. The tower is solid and northern in style, with one of Sussex’s finest rings of eight bells within. The medieval church was added to in the 16th century with a Lady Chapel, now known as the Parham Chapel, where daily prayers and midweek services are held. The church was heavily rebuilt in 1871 to a fine design by the architects to the Woodard Foundation of schools. The glass is of high quality, much of it the work of Charles Eamer Kempe who was born in Ovingdean and lives at Henfield Vicarage whilst designing and installing the church’s east window.
Source: Church website.

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