St Mary the Virgin, Clapham
Places Of Worship
Title: St Mary the Virgin, Clapham
Description: St Mary's the Virgin dates from the thirteenth century and the tower contains the oldest ring of three bells in the country. The church also features tablets and memorial brasses, a gravestone for a medieval priest, stained glass windows and some attractive carvings.
Address: Off The Street, , Clapham, West Sussex
Clapham Church dates from the thirteenth century and the tower contains the oldest ring of three bells in the country, with each bearing a unique inscription: the treble - IACOBUS, the second - CATERINA, and the tenor - MARGARITA KATERINA. Originally cast in the fourteenth century, by Alan Rous from Arundel, the bells have been repaired on many occasions. The original wheels were replaced in the sixteenth century, with further work necessary in the nineteenth century. A fault found in 1983 meant that major restoration work was needed in order to save the bells from cracking; they were recast in 1986.
A number of tablets and memorial brasses dedicated to the Shelley family (Percy Shelley was one of England's greatest lyrical poets) can be found here, as can a set of decorative wall tiles created by William Morris. These show Gabriel, Michael, Uriel and Raphael, the four Archangels. There is also the grave here of a medieval priest.
Sir Giles Scott restored this flint church in the mid-nineteenth century and the inside features a pipe organ, wooden pews, stained glass windows and some attractive carvings.