St Mary the Virgin, (Horsham)




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The Causeway, Horsham, West Sussex.

Grid reference: 517050, 130310, View on: Google Maps, Open Street Map, Streetmap, National Library of Scotland Map or Oldmaps.


Church of England Clergy Database.


Earliest Register: 1540.


There are 7850 baptisms in the OPC database.

No baptism IGI batches known.


There are 34 burials in the OPC database.

No burial IGI batches known.


There are 19 marriages in the OPC database.

No marriage IGI batches known.

Monumental inscriptions:

There are no monumental inscriptions in the OPC database.


There are 20 images of this church in the OPC database.

Building information:

Built: Unknown or not given.

Current use: Worship.

Harrison's description (1911):

ST. MARY. Restored in 1864-5. This fine large church, with lofty shingled broach spire, has suffered considerably from restorations and enlargements. Of the original late Nor. church, traces yet remain in the tower and N. wall, round-headed door, and narrow window; the lower part of tower is Tr.-Nor.; the fine nave and lofty clerestory with lancets is E.E.; the great seven-light E. window is Perp., a replica of former one, and was inserted in 1865. In chancel on E. wall is a piscina with shelf; in pavement is a mutilated brass to an ecclesiastic, 15th c. There is no chancel arch.

The Hoo Monument, N. of altar, is of Purbeck marble with marble canopy (15th c.). The De Braose monument, S. of altar, has recumbent figure of knight with crested helmet under his head (1396). The Delves monument of marble, by Fanelli, has the effigy of a lady (17th c.).

The chantries have disappeared beneath the hands of restorers. The chapel of the Holy Trinity (1307), adjoining N. aisle, has been incorporated partly with the church, and partly formed into a porch. Note the raised platform at E. end and piscina. Boteler's Chantry, founded by Richard Wakeford in 1447, was at E. end of S. aisle, and has a piscina and a crested helmet. Roffey Chapel was on the N., and the piscina of it can still be seen in the respond of S. arch. The Shelley Chapel (Perp.), formerly an oratory, has fine panelled roof. There is a plain slab to Percy Bysshe Shelley in tower. Font, Perp. Mural paintings on W. wall are reproductions of 15th c. work, and represent "The Last Supper" and "The Annunciation." Reg 1540.

The building N.E. of church is called the Lollards Tower (late Perp.), now the vestries. There is an old chest in the upper chamber and another in the lower. Note: old oak door with massive lock and key. Near E. gate are remains of old priests' house, and beneath the pump is the old Nor. well.


There are 2 documents concerning this church in the OPC database.


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

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

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