St Martin, (Chichester, St Martin)





St Martin's Street, Chichester, West Sussex.

Grid reference: 486165, 104912, View on: Google Maps, Open Street Map, Streetmap, National Library of Scotland Map or Oldmaps.


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Monumental inscriptions:

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POWPics (The New Roughwood Church Album) contains 4 photographs of this church. This album will also display any postcards or other images of the church which are in the Sussex OPC database.

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Building information:

Built: Unknown or not given.

Closed: 1899.

Demolished: 1906.

Current use: Demolished.


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


The church of St Martin stood at the northeast corner of St. Martin's Street and St. Martin's Square, the site being marked by a tablet in the wall. It was acquired by the Dean and Chapter of Chichester, who presented in 1557 and held the patronage until the parish was united, and the register books and monuments were removed to the church of St. Olave in 1899.
In 1802–3 the church was found to be in a bad state of repair and was rebuilt at a cost of £1,700. The work, however, appears to have been badly executed, almost wholly with lath and plaster, and the building again fell into disrepair in 1906, when it was pulled down. A paper by Mr. E. E. Street gives some structural details of the church and a list of the monuments. The chief point of interest discovered during its demolition was the finding of a mural painting, probably of the late 13th century, representing a bishop with mitre and crosier and his right hand raised. The bishop may well be St. Richard of Chichester. The church had a chancel, nave and bell tower which were out of repair in 1403. It is described in 1750 as having a small nave, chancel and north aisle, and a spire steeple with two bells. Only one bell (c. 1450) remained when the church was pulled down, and this was given to the old church of Rumboldswyke. .

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