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St Peter's Church

St Peter’s Church, Parham is one of the five Wildbrooks Churches and is not under the care of Parham Park Limited.  Services are on the first Sunday of the month at 9:15am and the third Sunday at 3:00pm in the winter and 6:00pm in the summer.

South West of the House is St. Peter’s Church, Parham.  Recent archaeological investigations indicate that the south wall of the church probably dates from c.1150, but the north wall, with its thirteenth-century arcades, had a north aisle, which was demolished when the building was largely rebuilt in the early 1800s by Sir Cecil Bisshopp, the 8th Baronet [1779-1828].

The tower, which dates from the rebuild, is a strange mixture of architectural styles.

At the south east corner is a mortuary chapel, built from recycled stone.  Robert Palmer, who died on 14th May 1544, had asked to be buried in Parham Church and “that a chapel should be built adjoining [ the] choir there or chancel and over me a tomb be made as mine executors shall think meet and honest for a remembrance of me to be had”.  That chapel still exists and is now the vestry. No trace of his monument remains.

The church seats nearly 80 people in high box-pews.  These, the pulpit and the screen are Georgian. The Squire’s pew is recognisable by its private fireplace.

The original church had a steeple, recorded in 1665, and was roofed with Horsham stone, as mentioned in a presentment of 1641.  In 1662 it had no pews but only a pulpit.

The mid fourteenth-century lead font has horizontal rectangular panels, enclosing the legend “+ IHC Nazar” [Jesus of Nazareth] in Lombardic letters.  In the spaces between the panels are small shields bearing gyronny within a bordure charged with roundels – the arms of Andrew Peverell, knight of the shire in 1351.  Lead fonts are exceptionally rare – there are only 29 in England – but Sussex has two more, at Edburton and Pyecombe.


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