Chichester, St Martin

This stood in St MartinŒs Street and references from the C13 onwards are known.  In 1750 it consisted of a nave, north aisle and chancel (VCH 3 p165), though no dates of building are known.  It fell into disrepair and was largely rebuilt in 1802 in a rather crude gothic.  The rebuilding cannot have been total, for traces of mediaeval wall-paintings were found in 1906.  The Sharpe Collection drawing (1804) shows it shortly after rebuilding with battlements, even on the sloping west gable, and belfry.  It deteriorated again and in 1899 the parish was united with St Olave, which contains some fairly modest monuments from St Martin; there is also one in St Andrew, Oxmarket.  The church was pulled down in 1906 and its site is marked by a garden containing a plaque.  The surrounding walls, though featureless, are said to be some of those of the former church (www.BritishListedBuildings.co.uk).

 

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