The present building dates back to the 12th century. A carved ancient stone heading the lancet window in the porch has been interpreted by some as Saxon, however the church guide suggests it was probably an object used in heathen worship.
The tub shaped font is contemporary with the nave and is one of the oldest in Sussex.
The east windows contain rather ordinary Victorian glass.
The west window is in my view the loveliest in the church and is a memorial to all show served at RAF Tangmere. It was dedicated on 11th July 1999. To quote the information in the church "The design, a contemporary landscape, in inspired by an inscription on the Memorial in the churchyard. This indicates that many heroes of the sky have their resting place in the mighty sea. From there, or wherever their resting place is, every soul ascends to light, freedom and peace."
The window below is in memory of Muriel Freeland born May 1st 1903, died Dec 19th 1919.
Here is a view of the church from behind the war graves associated with the nearby RAF base.
The chancel was lengthened in the 13th century, which is also when the present chancel arch was built and the two large lancet windows in the east wall were added.
Looking west, the view is dominated by the large timbers supporting the bell-cote and spire.
Windows in the north wall, showing the smaller original window and the later larger lancet.
The organ is located beneath the above windows, opposite the south door.
The final view of this church is from the path leading to the road. Controversially I feel the two easternmost lancet windows seem very large for the building. The ancient yew tree is reputedly older than the church.
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