St Mary, Compton

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The first documentary evidence of a Church in Compton is found in the Doomsday Survey of 1086. The present church is the outcome of a sensitive restoration in the 1850’s but the late 12th century North arcade and chancel arch are still visible. The church – like all the churches in the Octagon – is normally open during daylight hours.

The church, which is light and airy, can hold some 160 in comfort and more with enthusiasm. The graveyard, still with space, is maintained as a place for quiet contemplation in a country setting.

The church has a strong musical tradition in the parish. The organ by H Willis & Son was installed in 1970. Common Worship Sung Eucharist on Sundays attracts some 25 worshippers. The monthly family service averages 66, 38 of whom are adults. It is interesting to note that many of these adults are new to the church. The eight o’clock communion uses the Book of Common Prayer on Sunday and mid week service uses Common Worship, attracting between 6 and 12. The link between Church and Compton and UpMarden C of E school is strong, and the church is regularly used by the school for assemblies, services and festivals.

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Family Service
Every third Sunday at 10:00 AM
Family Friendly Coffee
Eucharist alternating with Morning Prayer
Every fourth Sunday at 10:00 AM


Holy Communion
Weekly (except August
Every Wednesday at 8:00 AM


(Hymn Books / Orders of Service etc.)
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Incumbent: The Revd John Damian STRAIN
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 4853
Diocesan ID: BP0311
Built: The church was largely rebuilt in 1849, but it may retain a slight amount of C11 work
Style of worship: Central
Archdeaconry: CHICHESTER (101)
Deanery: WESTBOURNE (10108)
Benefice: Octagon (10/090BP)
Parish Legal Name: THE OCTAGON (100571 10/571)
CofE Church Info: (610313 10/313)
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The current editor is: Edward Mynors

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This page was last updated on Monday 30th June 2014
St Mary , Follow lane in north-east corner of village square on B2146, Compton, West Sussex, PO18 9EZ

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