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Church of St Nicholas, Iford


Iford
Sussex
BN7 3EN
United Kingdom
OS Grid: TQ4083407334 streetmap
LAT/LONG: 50.8484,-0.0008

Built just after the Norman Conquest, the nave and central tower date from around 1090, with the current chancel built slightly later, perhaps around 1100. In the late twelfth century, a north aisle was added but subsequently removed, and the remains of the three-arched arcade can be seen inside and out. Around the same time, the pyramidal tower cap was added and, in the thirteenth century, a little north chapel off the chancel, which now serves as a vestry.
The interior is dark and atmospheric. It is dominated by the tall, Norman chancel arch, decorated with a roll and chevron motif, although the capitals are part of a Victorian restoration. The arches under the tower are all plain. The tower above contains three bells, dated 1426, dedicated to Saints Margaret, Katherine and Botolph.
A low, wide arch in the chancel leads to the former north chapel, and has a corbel in the form of a head at the east end: the chancel itself has an unusual arrangement of three, round-headed arches under a single oculus window at the East end. At the west end is the font, circa 1200, lit by a single lancet above the original (and now blocked) west door of the first church.


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St Nicholas, Iford
[Church of St Nicholas][Church of St Nicholas]Image 9805 2010-06-30
St Nicholas, Iford
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St Nicholas, Iford
[Church of St Nicholas][Church of St Nicholas]Image 9803 2010-06-30
St Nicholas, Iford
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St Nicholas, Iford
[Church of St Nicholas][Church of St Nicholas]Image 9801 2010-06-30
St Nicholas, Iford

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