St Giles', Merston, West Sussex

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Marsh Lane, Chichester, West Sussex, PO20 1ED
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A simple and charming church next to a school house

This grade I listed medieval church is situated in a rural hamlet in the West Sussex countryside, just to the east of Chichester. An early nineteenth century schoolhouse is located next to the church - once used as a stable by parishoners attending worship at the church. St Giles' is a simple building dating to the twelfth century, with a deep sweeping roof and a dainty bellcote.

Most furnishings and fittings date to the mid-nineteenth century and comprise a largely complete early ecclesiological seating scheme which is of outstanding national historic interest. The font dates from the twelfth century and is one of a series of arcaded Sussex marble fonts found in this region.  

The immediate surrounding area shows evidence of settlement from the Palaeolithic period and there is evidence of a possible shrunken medieval village nearby.

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