Chithurst, St Mary Church
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HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: 12th century grave slabs
Chithurst was not a prosperous place in the early medieval period; the church was granted an exemption from taxes by Pope Nicholas in 1291 because of its extreme poverty.
Murder of a Rector
Throughout much of its life, Chithurst must have been a sleepy place, but a note of high drama is sounded in 1757 when the rector, Rev John Denham, was stabbed and murdered. A man named Aps was tried at Horsham and convicted of the crime. He was hung, with a contemporary report saying that he ended "his wicked life without the least sign of repentance".
The nave and chancel of St Mary's are 11th century, with mainly 14th-century windows. The font is probably 12th century, with Elizabethan pews and 17th/18th-century altar rails. More intriguing than these interior features are a series of very worn grave slabs near the north wall of the church; these are thought to be as old as the 12th century.
Chithurst parish is linked to that of nearby Trotton, where the church is truly outstanding, with glorious medieval wall paintings.
A very simple country church - no particularly outstanding historic features, but a place of great charm and peace.
About Chithurst, St Mary Church
Address: Chithurst Lane, Chithurst, West Sussex, England, GU31 5EU
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: Chithurst is just north of the A272 a few miles west of Midhurst.
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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Uppark - 5.1 miles (Historic House)
Selham, St James Church - 5.7 miles (Historic Church)
Bevis's Thumb - 5.8 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Petersfield, St Peter's Church - 6 miles (Historic Church)
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