The church was not originally named St Margaret of Antioch. Men returning from the Crusades brought with them tales of Margaret and as a result a cult developed around her. Churches soon began to be named after her.
Margaret was a poor girl living under pagan rule and this put her Christian faith to the test. Olybrius, the pagan governor seeing her grace and beauty while she was tending her sheep, fell in love with her. She was carried away to his house, where she professed herself a Christian. No amount of threats could shake her faith. Finally Olybrius lost patience with her and she was subjected to long torture and thrown into a dungeon. There the devil presented himself to her in the form of a hideous dragon, endeavouring to frighten her from her faith. She remained strong, and advanced before him with a cross in her hand and effectively overcame him. Through all her suffering she spoke to the people unceasingly of her Saviour and his love. Olybrius finally summoned the whole city to attend her trial, hoping the publicity would subdue her. Her answer to all his bribes, was to declare her joy in finding God. To silence her they took her beyond the outside of the town where they beheaded her.
The window was executed to the design of Mr Andrew Taylor and installed in 2004. The window depicts the Eucharist the earthly products of water and wheat on one side and the other shows the chalice and host (Bread) under a cross surrounded by a crown of thorns.
The window can be seen as you enter the church immediately on your left, in front of the balcony balustrade, on the north wall of the nave, (it is best viewed when leaving the church).
On the South wall, the five windows are in the style of the London firm of Clayton and Bell. Each one depicts scenes from the life of Christ and we can see the miracles from Christ’s life. Christ’s Baptism, the Nativity, the Holy Family and the Annunciation.
This bowl (font) was found some years ago, buried in the vicarage garden, which was then the present grounds of the Grange. It is now placed in its true home, but is too much injured for use, another has been erected, a replica of the 13th century one (from a design of Mr Johnson, which is believed to be an exact reproduction of the old one), in memory of Mr Charles Reed, Churchwarden of the parish for many years. There is a very similar font in Iford Church, near Lewes, which served as a model for the new ‘legs’ and base.In the corner of the Baptistry on the south-west wall you will find a list of Vicars of the Church since 1237 AD to the present day.