Who do we think we are?
Forget Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, Inspector Morse, Vera Stanhope or any other fictional detective stories. If you want to engage in a real ongoing historical detective story, West Wittering Church is the place for you!
The history of our church is embedded in its fabric – the structure of the building, its stonework and woodwork, windows and monuments. It speaks to us from ancient documents, it whispers to us from oral tradition and some of its story is lost in the mists of time.
In this article, we’re going to travel through time from the earliest known reference to a church at Wittering, to the Norman church we now see
and finally on to developments in the twenty-first century. Along the way, we’ll consider some of the many interesting features in our church and some associated historical detective work! We’ll also touch on events going on in the wider world at different stages of the church’s history. In the references at the end of the article, you’ll find some links to a few interesting internet sources which you may enjoy visiting.