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St Mary

A beautiful downland church dating from the 12th century, very much at the heart of the small and active rural village of Compton in the South Downs National Park.

Compton, Sussex

Opening times

Daylight hours.


PO18 9HB

The first documentary evidence of a church in Compton is found in the Doomsday Survey of 1086. The present church is the outcome of a sensitive restoration in the 1850s but the late 12th century North arcade and chancel arch are still visible.

The church is normally open during daylight hours. The church, which is light and airy, can hold some 160 in comfort and more with enthusiasm.

The graveyard, still with space, is maintained as a place for quiet contemplation in a country setting. The organ by H Willis & Son was installed in 1970. 

  • Wildlife haven

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Parking within 250m

  • Dog friendly

  • Café within 500m

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • Regular services are held at the church which is in The Octagon Parish. Please see the parish website for further information

  • Church of England

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