St Giles', Merston, West Sussex
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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.
A rare surviving example of a Georgian evangelical 'preaching house'
A fascinating mix of old and new
Boggle-eyed monsters in a rustic church on the South Downs
Facilities & Hire
Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number have heating, running water or toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor.
History & Further Information
Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church 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.Hampshire, Sussex & Surrey County Guide 2012
This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches we care for in Sussex. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.
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