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The early Norman church dedicated to St. Mary the Virgin is just over nine hundred years old, and remains little altered in size and structure, although the windows are not original, some being medieval and some Victorian. The three foot (90 cm) thick walls are of stone and downland flint. In Norman style the church has a tall narrow nave and a rounded apse chancel for the altar. The original round Norman chancel arch, between nave and chancel, was replaced after about 100 years by a wider pointed arch. The south door was rebuilt when the church was about 200 years old, and the porch in the nineteenth century. The floor tiling is Victorian. The stone font at the west end of the nave is as old as the church. In the chancel there is a piscina, a small sink for washing communion vessels, which appears to be made from a reused Norman column capital.

Parish records of births and deaths from 1592 are held by the West Sussex Record Office.

The ecclesiastical parish is now jointly run with Tillington and Duncton, the Rector living at Tillington.

History
Upwaltham was in the ancient hundred of Boxgrove and listed in the Domesday Book (1086) as having 11 households including one slave; resources included woodland, and land for ploughing and for pigs.

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