St Mary, (Rye)




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Grid reference: 592135, 120290, View on: Google Maps, Open Street Map, Streetmap, National Library of Scotland Map, Magic Maps


Currently there is no incumbent information available.


Earliest Register: 1538.


There are no baptisms in the OPC database.

IGI Batches: C135481 (1627 ~ 1669); C135483 (1731 ~ 1781).


There are 10 burials in the OPC database.

No burial IGI batches known.


There are 2 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 5 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 75 images of this church in the OPC database.

Building information:

Current use: Worship.

Harrison's description (1911):

Restored in 1882. "The Cathedral of East Sussex" is a fine large building, exhibiting all styles of architecture. The quaint old clock, said to be the oldest in England still in use (with its two quarter-boys and great 18 ft. pendulum protruding into the church), and the beautiful flying buttresses at the E. end are interesting features. Nor. work is seen in tower and transepts; Tr.-Nor. in some details of the transepts, and late Tr.-Nor. in the nave, where there is some early form of dog-tooth moulding round windows of clerestory and arches; E.E. in chancel and its two aisles (chapels); Perp. details in many parts. Note: the abulatory over the nave arcades and chancel aisles; absence of W. doorway; and variety in form and size of arches of nave and arcades.

The chancel arch is lofty; N. arcade of chancel is partly E.E. and partly Perp.; S. arcade is Perp. Note: the masons' marks and votive crosses. There are two round-headed aumbries, and at E. end a fine six-light window (Perp. modern); brass (1607) to Thomas Hamon, six times Mayor and thrice M.P. N. aisle (St. Clare's Chapel) has lancets with dog-tooth; brass (mutilated) to gentleman, lady and seven children. S. aisle (St. Nicholas Chapel) has three double lancets with E.E. mouldings, and a plain circle above. N. transept has Perp. arch and 15th c. screen. The lower arcade of the W. wall has peculiar scalloped capitals, and the arches have single and double billet moulding. S. transept has chevrons and carved caps in W. wall; Perp. arch to chancel aisle; 15th c. screen; three sedilia (without seats) under arches ornamented with chevrons. Pulpit has linen panelling (16th c.). The fine carved mahogany altar is probably 17th c., and not a gift (as was supposed) of Queen Elizabeth. In S. aisle of nave is E.E. chantry with groined roof, now used as vestry. There are two stoups, one in N. aisle of nave, the other in S. porch. Note: in N. aisle, a Burne-Jones window and the curios - "Breeches" Bible, "Vinegar" Bible, cannon balls, etc. ; in vestry, old flagon used by French Protestant refugees, and 17th c. chair. On the exterior of S. transept, note: remains of Nor. doorway with carved arch; shallow Nor. buttresses; E.E. turrets on N. transept.

The "Carmelite" Chapel at the S.W. angle of the church shows some Dec. work, quasi flamboyant in character.

The Augustine Chapel, now used as a church room, has traces of late Dec. work of a flamboyant nature.

The Ypr├Ęs Tower is early 12th c.


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There are 5 articles about this church in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Collections Index.

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