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Arundel Rape
TQ 059141

Parham - St Peter
Tours 2000 and 2002

The Church of St Peter lies on the lawns to the south of Parham House.
it was once surrounded by the village which was demolished, 1778-9, 
the population were moved to nearby Rackham.

It is clearly a Georgian rebuild on the inside, it has a pew for the family of the estate, with it's own entrance porch on the north, including a fireplace for their comfort. 
The vestry, once a south chancel chapel has the oldest parts, (1148?) remodelled in 1545. 
It now has the family vault underneath, accessed by a stone slab at the west end. (plans of this are displayed - dated 1950)  
There is a disused piscina in the SE corner of the vestry.

The Tower was added in the 1800-1820 rebuild onto a 15th C base.

The Lead Font is one of only three in Sussex, on a Sussex Marble Pedestal, it is at the west end surrounded by a three sided pew.

The two plaques on the pulpit are from the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, placed here in 1965.

The registers date from 1536

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