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St Mary's church East Lavant, Sussex 15th century medieval misericords misericord misericorde misericordes Miserere Misereres choir stalls Woodcarving woodwork mercy seats pity seats Man in Flat bonnet supported by tudor roses.jpg
Man in Flat bonnet supported by tudor roses.jpg
St Mary's church East Lavant, Sussex 15th century medieval misericords misericord misericorde misericordes Miserere Misereres choir stalls Woodcarving woodwork mercy seats pity seats Man in round cap supported by shields.jpg
Man in round cap supported by shields.jpg
St Mary's church East Lavant, Sussex 15th century medieval misericords misericord misericorde misericordes Miserere Misereres choir stalls Woodcarving woodwork mercy seats pity seats Man in round cap supported by two tailed lizard and leaf.jpg
Man in round cap supported by two tailed lizard and leaf.jpg
St Mary's church East Lavant, Sussex 15th century medieval misericords misericord misericorde misericordes Miserere Misereres choir stalls Woodcarving woodwork mercy seats pity seats Mitred man supported by tudor roses.jpg
Mitred man supported by tudor roses.jpg


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The Misericords and history of St Mary’s East Lavant.

St Mary’s has five, 15th century misericords.

Corpus of misericords at St Mary’s, East Lavant

N01

Head of a man with curled hair on each side, below a banded cap.

Supporters - Rose and leaves.

N02

Head of a man with curled hair on each side, below a banded cap.

Supporters - Shield quartered by a cross.

N03

Two large fronded leaves, branching from a common stem.

Supporters - Large fronded leaf.

N04

Head of a man, possibly a Bishop, wearing a mitre-shaped head-dress or coronet.

Supporters - A large rose.

N05

Head of a man with curled hair on each side, below a banded cap.

Left Supporter - An indented shrivelled leaf.

Right Supporter - An outspread lizard with forked tail.

Please click on the thumbnail misericords for larger images.

History of St Mary’s church, East Lavant, Sussex.

St Mary’s Church, which is less that 10 miles North East of Chichester, has had a torrid time since its foundation in the 12th century.  The North aisle was added in the 13th century - one of the columns separating the nave from the north aisle remains, the others are 19th century.  The lancet window is also original.

The 15th century appears to have brought the five stalls with their misericords.

The south tower was constructed in 1671 and the south west window nave window was inserted at the same date.

So far we have a standard church history (I’m ignoring the legends, which you can find out about on the official website.

Unfortunately, here come the Victorians, I have to say in their defence that St Mary’s may not have survived if it wasn’t for their intervention, however, they seem to have used more than their usual heavy handedness, as most of the north aisle, the arcade between the nave and the north aisle, much of the nave and chancel seems to have been rebuilt in 1863.  Thankfully they maintained the monuments and the misericords.

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