What to see

Sedilia
Sedilia

On the left of the chancel are three sedilia, seats for the priest, deacon and sub deacon, an usual feature for a small church. (c) Mike Beck

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Wall painting of owl perched on branch
Wall painting of owl perched on branch

Traces of wall paintings dating from the fourteenth century include flowers, leaves, and scrolls, showing that the church would have been a blaze of colour and decoration in the Middle Ages. An owl can be seen in the above the chancel arch on the left. (c) Mike Beck

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Font
Font

The Sussex sandstone font is large enough for a baby to be baptised in it by immersion. (c) Mike Beck

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Stained Glass
Stained Glass

Some very early and rare stained glass remains from the beginning of the fourteenth century, including figures that may represent the Virgin Mary and King David.

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Church Graffiti
Church Graffiti

In the north doorway several small crosses can been seen carved into the stonework. These so-called ‘magic marks’ were made to protect the church from evil. (c) Mike Beck

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Sheep’s Head Corbel.
Sheep’s Head Corbel.

here is some intriguing stone carving, including a sheep's head above a recessed stone seat on the west wall - an appropriate symbol in sheep-rearing country - and a quaint little hand to the left of the chancel arch. (c) Mike Beck

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Altar cloth
Altar cloth

The Altar frontal was designed and made by Belinda Scarlett and dedicated by Dr Martin Warner, the Bishop of Chichester on 22 March 2015. The text 'My Soul doth magnify the Lord' is taken from Luke 1 v 46. Given by The Friends of St Mary the Virgin North Stoke. www.belindascarlett.com Photo (c) Wendy Eve

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Mass Dial
Mass Dial

On the outside wall of the church, on one of the south east cornerstones of the south transept, is carved a medieval mass dial which was used before the days of clocks to calculate when church services should begin.

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Printable Guide

to the church

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a printable guide, to bring with you 

when you come to visit

You can tour the church with Dr Annabelle Hughes, a well know local architectural historian, in this video on The Bald Explorer website

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Dr Annabelle Hughes

gives a tour of

St Mary, North Stoke