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St. Giles' Church, Shermanbury

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St. Giles’, Shermanbury is tucked away in a park half a mile from the nearest public road on the bank of the River Adur about 2 miles North of Henfield and is one of the oldest and most interesting churches in West Sussex. It is described in the Domesday Book as a ‘ecclesiola at Salmonsberie’; the Anglo-Saxon name then prevailing. Strong evidence of its Norman heritage was discovered when carvings were found in 1901, which were investigated by a known archeologist who dated them to 1135. The list of Rectors goes back without a break to 1288 and the church is famous for its box pews inscribed with the names of surrounding houses.

Inevitably with a church so old its history is linked to the owners and occupants of two distinctive and ancient properties, both within three hundred yards of each other. They are Shermanbury Place and Ewhurst Manor. The church stands in what was once part of the grounds of the former and there is little doubt that the predecessor property was part of a promontory fort, which can be delineated by the earthwork and abrupt slopes of a hillock about 300 yards by 150 – 200 yards wide. This can still be seen and stands about 20ft – 25ft above the flood-plain of the river Adur. All dates back to Saxon times.

Features within St. Giles’ include:

The font which dates to the time of Henry lll (1216-1272)
A stained glass window of the seal of Henry Vll
A piscina (a stone basin used for washing Communion vessels)
Stone carved cats-head mask, male and female heads dating to Norman times.
(The cats head mask is of the kind met with in Norman corbel-tables under the eaves of churches and can be seen at Chichester and Winchester cathedrals)
Royal Arms of Queen Anne painted on wood dating to 1710 and more.

The Rector of St. Giles’ is The Rev'd Paul Doick, also Vicar of Henfield, Rector of Woodmancote.

Services are held on the first (Matins) and third (Holy Communion) Sundays at 11.15am from the Book of Common Prayer of each month plus Festivals, Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals. Evening Prayer is held on 5th Sundays at 5.30pm.

A ‘Friends of St. Giles’, Shermanbury’ was launched in December 2007 and to mark the occasion an illustrated History and Guide was published documenting over 1,000 years of a fascinating story. The history takes the reader from Saxon times, through the Norman Conquest and the Black Death with its impact on the population to modern times. Price: £3.00.

If you would like a copy of the history and guide please contact the Chairman of Friends, Richard Putnam
e-mail: richardputnam@btinternet.com.
Coronavirus pandemic

Coronavirus pandemic

All Services suspended until further notice

Flower Festival

Flower Festival

This event took place on Saturday and Sunday 14th/15th September and was staged by the Henfield Flower Club and the Friends of St Giles

Beating the Bounds

Beating the Bounds

Rogation Sunday 26th May 2019

Holy Week and Easter Services

Holy Week and Easter Services

Although we only have one service in Holy Week on Easter Day you can follow the links to find services in our united parish at Woodmancote and Henfield

Coffee Morning

Coffee Morning

At The Wickets, Shoreham Road, Small Dole, BN5 9YG

When Three Become One

When Three Become One

What the merger of our three parishes - Henfield, Shermanbury and Woodmancote - means

Christmas Services 2018

Christmas Services 2018

People flocked to visit this beautiful little church tucked away in the middle of the Sussex countryside.

Pet Blessing Service

Pet Blessing Service

On the afternoon of Sunday 19th August there was a gathering of people and pets on the lawn to the front of St Giles Church Shermanbury.

Old Church needs New Friends

Old Church needs New Friends

Article about 'The Friends of St Giles'

Choral Evensong

Choral Evensong

This special service will take place at St Giles, Shermanbury on Sunday 29th July

Charities Fair

Charities Fair

The Friends of St Giles had three stalls at the annual Charities Fair in Henfield on 11th November 2017

Choral evensong

Choral evensong

A packed church on a beautiful summer's evening