Duncton village (east side of main road)

In the Arundel & Brighton diocese Blount also designed St Mary Magdalen’s church in Brighton (seven years earlier than Duncton).  The two churches, unsurprisingly,  are quite different, Brighton, red brick and stone, a proud showy urban church and Duncton, rubblestone and ashlar, compact and of solid appearance.  Nave with north aisle, south porch, polygonal sanctuary and Lady chapel.  Steeply pitched roof and bell turret at the east end of the nave.    The church was paid for by Anthony Wright Biddulph.  It cost £5,000, including the cemetery.  The Biddulph’s of Burton Park were an old Catholic family and mass had been said in the house from the late 17th
 century.  The interior has richly carved altars and good quality stained glass.  The chancel windows are signed by Meyer & Co.  Those windows without stained glass have yellow coloured glass with pale blue borders, giving a sombre interior atmosphere.  The foundation stone was laid in 1868 and the church was opened the following year.

A very good rural Roman Catholic church of a relatively early date.  Well constructed and detailed and set in a commanding location between the Downs and the Weald. I would advise that it is listable Grade II.

Heritage Details

Architect: Gilbert Robert Blount

Original Date: 1869

Conservation Area: Yes

Listed Grade: No