St. Mary’s Church

St Mary’s Church – The Blessed Virgin Mary of Singleton in West Sussex is located by a Farmers House off the main road (A272) hidden behind the local, and very busy pub.

The Anglican parish church has Anglo-Saxon nave walls and massive square tower. The aisles were added later. This was a hundredal church, the central church of the Hundred of Singleton, a Saxon administrative grouping of parishes. The tower has three Saxon windows and a Saxon doorway leading into thin air high up in the nave, showing that there was once an upper room above the nave. It is likely that the priests for the churches in the hundred would have lived in this room. The Saxon tower arch was rebuilt in the twelfth or thirteenth century with a pointed arch. The pews are from the Tudor period.

Please take a look at the photographs I took of the church whilst there over the weekend.