North Stoke, St Mary's Church
North Stoke, St Mary's Church
The ancient parish church of North Stoke stands beside the River Arun, in a rural setting of great charm. The cruciform building has been essentially unaltered since the medieval period, and is an excellent example of a simple country church.
The interior features some very nice medieval glass; in the east window is a 14th century panel depicting the Coronation of the Virgin, and there is further 14th century glass in the low windows of the chancel and the east window in the north transept. There are sections of 14th century wall paintings above the chancel arch and in niches to either side.

There are two 13th century aumbreys, a pair of 13th century piscinae, and the font is also 13th century. Of a similar date is the three-arched sedilla in the sanctuary. The corbels flanking the east window are worth noting; these probably date from the midle of the 13th century and boast very fine carved foliage and small heads.

More fine carvings can be found on the west wall, including a carved hand and a depiction of a sheep.

St Mary's is no longer used for regular worship and is in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust, who keep it open daily.