St Leonard, Denton, Sussex

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A heavily restored church comprising nave and chancel. It contains a Romanesque font.


Denton is not mentioned in DS.




A lead-lined tub font on a square, modern plinth is situated at the W end of the nave. It has a central band carved with basketwork, an upper border of pellets with depressed centres, and a lower border of plait, beneath which is a plain surface. The condition is extremely good, with slight damage to the rim.

central band 0.28 m
circ. 2.17 m
h. 0.61 m
int. diam. 0.515 m
lower border 0.8 m
top border 0.8 m


The font closely resembles that of St Anne, Lewes, but is slightly smaller. The central band, carved with basketwork, is narrower in proportion to the other bands than on the Lewes font, and the carving overall is less regular. The font in East Dean church has top and bottom bands like those of Denton and Lewes, but the motif in the central band consists of interlocking circles.


  • M. F. Drummond-Roberts, Some Sussex Fonts Photographed and Described. Brighton 1935, 29.
  • M. A. Lower, 'On the Churches of Newhaven and Denton' Sussex Archaeological Collections 9, 1857, 89-95.
  • I. Nairn and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Sussex. Harmondsworth 1965, 480.
  • A. K. Walker, An Introduction to the Study of English fonts with details of those in Sussex. London 1908, 40-41.


Site Location
National Grid Reference
TQ 455 026 
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales): Sussex
now: East Sussex
medieval: Chichester
now: Chichester
medieval: not confirmed
now: St Leonard
Type of building/monument
Parish church  
Report authors
Kathryn Morrison