The Assumption of Blessed Mary and St Nicholas, (Etchingham)




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High Street, Etchingham, East Sussex.

Grid reference: 571500, 126500, View on: Google Maps, Open Street Map, Streetmap, National Library of Scotland Map or Oldmaps.


Church of England Clergy Database.


Earliest Register: 1561.


There are 3572 baptisms in the OPC database.

IGI Batches: J148031 (Many gaps); E148031 (Many gaps); K148031 (Many gaps).


There are 12 burials in the OPC database.

No burial IGI batches known.


There are 13 marriages in the OPC database.

IGI Batch: M148031 (Many gaps).

Monumental inscriptions:

There are 26 monumental inscriptions in the OPC database.


POWPics (The New Roughwood Church Album) contains 45 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 25 images of this church in the OPC database.

Building information:

Built: c. 1370.

Style: Decorated.

Current use: Worship.

Harrison's description (1911):

SS. MARY AND NICHOLAS. This church, which was once moated, is one of the finest specimens of Dec. work in Sussex, and was erected by Sir William de Echyngham, probably some twenty-five years before his death in 1387. It has a chancel, central tower without transepts, nave with aisles. The heavy square tower has a pyramidal roof and 14th c. vane. The nave has clerestory. The tracery of the windows is a characteristic feature of this church. The E. window is flamboyant and resembles that at Lindfield. The two-light windows of the chancel exhibit great variety in their flowing tracery, which is of a reticulated form; the aisle windows are two-lights in side and W. end, with flat segmental heads, and three-lights at E. end, with a band of quatrefoils above the lights; the W. window is a small one of three lights with curious tracery. The W. doorway has pointed arch in two non-recessed orders.

The chancel has the original carved stalls, with fine misereres and screen; some old tiling; canopied triple sedilia; piscina; and on S.side an E.E. door. Note: N. of chancel, piscina indicating the site of chapel; incised cross-slab; blocked-up door; projection was vestry, but of later date. Font is E.E., probably preserved as well as the E.E. door from an earlier church. Note: old painted glass in windows of aisles; old chest and piscina in S. aisle; tilting helment; and rood-loft door.

The four brasses are very fine; three are in the chancel - one to the founder, 1387; another, under a canopy, to Sir Thomas de Echyngham, with his father and mother (1444); the third to Thomas, 1482, on altar-tomb agains S. wall. In S. aisle to nave is the brass of Elizabeth Echyngham and her sister (1480). The S. wooden porch is small but good. Compare this church with Poynings, built about same date, which is Perp. with few Dec. traces.


There is 1 document concerning this church in the OPC database.


There is 1 book about this church in the Sussex OPC Bibliography.

There are 3 articles about this church in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Collections Index.


High Street, Etchingham. The old helmet has been stolen.

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