St Wilfrid's Church, Church Norton, West Sussex

Address: Rectory Lane, Church Norton, Selsey, West Sussex, PO20 9DT
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Open daily from 10.00am to 4.00pm
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A fascinating mix of old and new

St Wilfrid’s stands in a tranquil corner of a large churchyard, down a little lane beside Pagham Harbour.

At first sight it appears to be a simple cemetery chapel. In fact it is the 13th-century chancel of a large Norman church.

The main part of the church was removed in 1864 and rebuilt in the centre of Selsey to serve the growing population of this seaside resort.

Inside there are a number of things worth seeing, including:

  • a magnificent monument to John and Agas Lewis, dating from 1537;
  • vivid carving depicting the gruesome martyrdom of St Agatha;
  • a modern stained glass window which features a beautiful depiction of a local nature reserve, designed by M C Farrar-Bell in 1982, and includes moles, stoats, foxes, a woodpecker, avocet and shelduck;
  • another modern stained glass window by Carl Edwards, made in 1969, this is dedicated to the contribution made by women to lessen suffering throughout the world (it includes a picture of Cairo Cathedral, which has now been demolished).

An intriguing combination of ancient and modern makes a visit to this church popular among the walkers and birdwatchers who enjoy the many footpaths and the wildlife around this delightful site.

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Road directions

2 miles north of Selsey off B2145; CCT fingerpost at acute bend in road near entrance to large industrial estate

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Bognor Regis (4.7 miles)

OS Reference No.

SZ 872 957

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Useful information

Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out about this church and the CCT before you visit?

You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walk round guides we have for this church.


 

 


PDF iconA walk round guide for St Wilfrid's Church, Church Norton (PDF, 638kb)

This short, full colour walk round guide contains a floor plan of the church and highlights of things to see during your visit. You can purchase a printed copy of this from the church (50p) or download in advance (free/optional donation).


PDF iconHampshire, Sussex & Surrey County Guide (PDF, 4.9mb)
This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches CCT cares for in Hampshire, Sussex & Surrey. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.

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Comments

  1. Anonymous (22 Sep 2011, 12:12)

    The size of the remaining church surprised me, it contains some of the most amazing stained glass windows I've come across in the many churches I've visited. As well as having an enormous graveyard, and the fantastic walks to the harbour, it is well worth a detour from Chichester down to Selsey to find this gem. Must revisit sometime when I visit the church in Selsey.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/garyshield/sets/72157627240519524/

  2. D S Ford (22 Aug 2012, 17:32)

    You might also mention the beautiful stained glass triple window in memory of the Wingfield family (Great War) and the fine marble statue, again a Wingfield memorial, located outside the back of the church.
    (Incidentally, my father and uncle are both buried in the cemetery)

  3. John Hartley (06 Sep 2013, 09:53)

    And - a huge churchyard - all this beside an obvious ring earthwork beside the car park. Pity there are no views of Pagham Harbour.

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Community information for St Wilfrid's Church, Church Norton

 

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West Sussex Past history website 

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St Wilfrid's Church, Church Norton, West Sussex

Keyholder

If the access information for this church is listed as ‘Keyholder nearby’, this means that the key is kept by one of our invaluable volunteer 'keyholders', who usually live just a short walk from the church and can give visitors the key; sometimes this is a nearby hotel, pub, library, art gallery or other venue. You will find instructions explaining how to get the key when you arrive at the church.

Disabled access

Tarmac path to chapel door then one large step down into chapel.

Facilities

Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating or running water meaning that they can be cold, and very rarely have toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor. We do apologise for any inconvenience the lack of facilities may cause.