St Mary

Imagine a time when this coastal parish and nearby Pagham Harbour (now a wetland nature reserve) was busy with maritime trade and it is easy to see why this should have been the largest church in the area.

Sidlesham, Sussex

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Church Lane
PO20 7RH

There was a church on the site in Saxon times. The present one dates from the early 13th century but is a lighter and airier building than most churches of its day. The battlemented tower and the minstrels' gallery are 15th century.

The church's interior would have been painted, and fragments of pigment can still be seen on the stonework. There is also a 'mass dial', cut into a stone outside the south door to indicate service times.

  • Social heritage stories

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Captivating architecture

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Parking within 250m

  • On street parking at church

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Dog friendly

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • Church of England

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