St Peter the Less, (Chichester)





St Peter's Street, Chichester, West Sussex.

Grid reference: 486138, 105035, View on: Google Maps, Open Street Map, Streetmap, National Library of Scotland Map, Magic Maps


Church of England Clergy Database.


Earliest Register: 1679.


There are no baptisms in the OPC database.

IGI Batch: C040471 (1679 ~ 1812).


There are no burials in the OPC database.

No burial IGI batches known.


There are 357 marriages in the OPC database.

IGI Batch: M040471 (1679 ~ 1812).

Monumental inscriptions:

There are no monumental inscriptions in the OPC database.


There are 3 images of this church in the OPC database.

Building information:

Built: 13th century.

Style: Early English of flint with stone dressings.

Current use: Demolished.

Harrison's description (1911):

Under the entry for Chichester.

ALL SAINTS' in the Pallant and ST. PETER-THE-LESS are in the E.E. style, but much restored.


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


The church of ST. PETER THE LESS is on the east side of North Street. It consists of a chancel 30 ft. by 19 ft. 8 in. and nave 24 ft. by 14 ft. 3 in., with a south aisle 5 ft. wide, a south-west tower and a vestry. These measurements are internal. The walls are of flint with stone dressings and the roof is tiled. It is probable that the church was originally built in the middle of the 13th century and then consisted of the present nave and a small chancel. Early in the 14th century it was enlarged by the addition of the south aisle and tower. The chancel was rebuilt and enlarged to its present size in the 19th century, when the whole church was restored. The chancel has a three-light lancet window under a two-centred arch in the east wall and a single lancet in each side wall, all probably reinsertions. In the south wall is a small modern doorway admitting to the vestry. The chancel arch has been taken down. The nave has in the original north wall three modern lancets and a single lancet in the west wall. The south aisle is now much altered; the piers of the arcade are embedded in plaster, but the moulded arches are still visible. The south wall of the aisle has two lancets, probably reinsertions from the nave wall. Over the west end of the aisle is the tower, on the ground stage of which are the entrance doorway and a modern wooden vestibule. The open timber roof of both nave and chancel is modern. The west front adjoining the street has three buttresses, two of which support the small tower of two stages, the upper story of which has four windows with louvres. The overhanging parapet of the tower has been rebuilt. Above is an iron weather-vane representing a sea-horse. The fittings are modern.
There are the following monuments. Nave: James Gates; Mary Anne Gates, wife, 1841; John Gates, brother, 1850. Chancel: a brass to Herbert John Manners, 1917; Edward Cartar, 1703; Elizabeth Cartar, his wife, 1703; Mary Cartar, daughter, 17—; Katherine, wife to Carew Weekes (M.P. for Arundel 1702).
There are three bells in the tower: 1, modern; 2, a mid 14th-century bell with inscription 'Ave Maria'; 3, a bell bearing inscription 'Praysed be thy name o Lord 1580 IW. WR. IC. HC. IN.'
The plate consists of a silver communion cup with maker's mark I.S. (John Sutton ?), c. 1675, inscribed 'St. Peter the Less 1690'; a silver communion cup with hall-mark 1878, the gift of Harriet F. Frampton, and dated 1879; a silver flagon with hallmark 1898, in memory of Elizabeth Snooke, 7 Aug. 1877; a silver alms-dish and an alms-dish of Sheffield plate.
The registers are as follows: (i) baptisms and burials 1679–1768, marriages 1680–1754; (ii) marriages 1754–1812; (iii) baptisms and burials 1769–1812.
From: 'Chichester: Churches (Anglican)', A History of the County of Sussex: Volume 3 (1935), pp. 160-164. URL: Date accessed: Wednesday, October 10, 2007..

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