St Michael, (Up Marden)




Church website.

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


Up Marden, West Sussex PO18.

Grid reference: 479490, 114130, View on: Google Maps, Open Street Map, Streetmap, National Library of Scotland Map or Oldmaps.


Church of England Clergy Database.


Earliest Register: 1560.


There are no baptisms in the OPC database.

IGI Batches: C070821 (1560, 1584 ~ 1615, 1594 ~ 1618, 1600 ~ 1602, 1618 ~ 1683, 1630 ~ 1714); E070821 (1560, 1584 ~ 1615, 1594 ~ 1618, 1600 ~ 1602, 1618 ~ 1683, 1630 ~ 1714).


There are no burials in the OPC database.

No burial IGI batches known.


There are no marriages in the OPC database.

IGI Batch: M070821 (1559 ~ 1878).

Monumental inscriptions:

There are no monumental inscriptions in the OPC database.


There are 4 images of this church in the OPC database.

Building information:

Built: Unknown or not given.

Current use: Worship.

Harrison's description (1911):

ST. MICHAEL. Little E.E. church. Note the chancel arch of early work, and dog-tooth moulding. Reg. 1714.


There are 2 documents concerning this church in the OPC database.


There are no books about this church in the Sussex OPC Bibliography.

There are no articles about this church in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Collections Index.


The whole church is thirteenth century. The church has two chancel arches; the lower one is original, while the higher one is the remains of a later, abandoned, attempt to raise the arch. The painting of a huge mediaeval St Christopher can just be seen on the North wall of the nave and there are remains of other 13th century wall paintings. It is, however, not so much the architecture, which is not dissimilar to many other churches in Sussex, as the unrestored atmosphere and the accumulation of fittings from thirteenth century font to Victorian pulpit, that makes Up Marden memorable. It now features in Simon Jenkins' book, 'England's Thousand Best Churches'. Because it has no electricity, services are only held here in the Summer.
Source - Church web site.

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