St Mary, (Westham)

Denomination:

Anglican.

Internet:

A Church Near You (Church of England site for this church).

Grid reference: 564150, 104600, View on: Google Maps, Open Street Map, Streetmap, National Library of Scotland Map or Oldmaps.

Incumbents:

Currently there is no incumbent information available.

Registers:

Earliest Register: 1571.

Baptisms:

There are no baptisms in the OPC database.

The OPC is able to offer a look up service from the parish records from 1595.

IGI Batches: C042861 (1571 ~ 1812); E042861 (1571 ~ 1812).

Burials:

There are 5 burials in the OPC database.

The OPC is able to offer a look up service from the parish records from 1595.

No burial IGI batches known.

Marriages:

There are 634 marriages in the OPC database.

The OPC is able to offer a look up service from the parish records from 1595.

IGI Batch: M042861 (1571 ~ 1812).

Monumental inscriptions:

There are 8 monumental inscriptions in the OPC database.

Images:

POWPics (The New Roughwood Church Album) contains 13 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 20 images of this church in the OPC database.

Building information:

Current use: Worship.

Harrison's description (1911):

ST. MARY. Restored in 1877-8. Of the original Nor. church there remains the S. wall with three round-headed windows, and the S. transept, or Lady Chapel, with its round arch and small window. The N. aisle, with E.E. arcade and the massive tower, were added about 1300.

The chancel is Perp. (c. Henry V.), and has in top of E. window thirteen pictured panels of glass of this date. On N. of chancel arch are stairs which led to rood-loft, and a portion of the screen is preserved at W. end of nave. The fine carved oak screen of Lady Chapel is Perp. (c. Henry VI.); in chapel is old altar-slab with five crosses, which had been used for some time as a tombstone. There are three piscinæ - one in Lady Chapel, a second behind pulpit, the third in N. aisle under E. window. Note: brass (1644) in N. aisle; masons' marks on S. shaft of tower arch, on N. shaft (a fish), and others. Font, Perp. Flagon, paten and chalice, 17th c.

Outside, note: stoup at W. door; flint dedication cross under E. window; sun-dial in jamb of S. door; turret in N. door with winding staircase from aisle, similar to that at Eastbourne (these may have led to rood-loft); gargoyle on N.E. vestry.

Priesthaus (three miles N.W.) covers the site of a monaster, of which some traces still remain.

At Langley Farm may be seen part of a Monastic Chapel, including traces of windows, etc.

Documents:

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Publications:

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

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