St Nicholas, Iford, Sussex

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This church has a single nave, a central tower (probably built over the original chancel) and a chancel with a vestry on its N side. The chancel, tower and N aisle were added to a simple two-cell building in the late 12thc. century. The N aisle has been demolished and the N wall rebuilt. The church was restored in 1868 and again in 1874.


In 1086 Iford, in the Rape of Lewes, was held by William of Warenne in lordship and had a church.


Interior Features


Tower/Transept arches

Tower arches

Central tower, E arch

The W face of the arch has plain jambs, imposts and a roll on the face of the archivolt. The E face is plain.

Central tower, W arch

The W face of the arch is of one order, comprising engaged nook shafts with double-scallop capitals, imposts with a very shallow chamfer, and an arch with a single row of hyphenated chevron, and a plain roll, on the face. The E face of the arch is plain, but one springer (N) is carved with a roll.


The ground-floor chamber of the central tower is actually the mid-12thc. chancel.

According to the VCH, the jambs of the W arch of the tower were originally plain, but were cut with nook shafts 'in modern times' (VCH (vol VII), 56, with ref to AJ, vi, 140).


  • J. Morris and J. Mothersill (ed.), Domesday Book: Sussex. Chichester 1976, 12,3.

  • I. Nairn and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Sussex. Harmondsworth 1965, 544.

  • Victoria County History: Sussex. 7 (Rape and Honour of Lewes). 1940, 55-57.


Site Location
National Grid Reference
TQ 408 073 
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales): Sussex
now: East Sussex
medieval: Chichester
now: Chichester
now: St Nicholas
medieval: not confirmed
Type of building/monument
Parish church  
Report authors
Kathryn Morrison