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St Michael - Up Marden
795142; Seven Miles South-West of Midhurst
In many parts of Sussex churches were built to serve scattered farming communities. The three Marden churches illustrate this feature well, although Up Marden is the most atmospheric of these three isolated churches.
A small, two-cell building, dating from the thirteenth century, it has changed very little, The brick floor is very uneven, a sure sign that the church suffered little at the hands of nineteenth century restorers.
Above our heads hang blue and gold chandeliers and there are some fascinating benches in the nave. Dominating this part of the church is a Victorian pulpit. The chancel has
but two high box pews. On the walls are some eighteenth and nineteenth century
hanging tablets, one particularly touching, to a young man who died of Yellow
Fever in 1834.
Hard to find, but thoroughly recommended, Up Marden should be visited in conjunction with its two neighbours of North Marden and East Marden.
Next Stop: Bosham