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Frewen Mausoleum

This heavily buttressed Perpendicular chapel is attached to the north side of the church.  Stone shields, banners and gargoyles adorn the parapet.  Originally the only access to the chapel was via the external door in the west wall.  This is no longer the case, and the chapel now forms an integral part of the church.


Sydney Smirke


Grade II* (England and Wales)

Year Built



The association of the Frewens with Northiam goes back a very long way.  The most illustrious member of the family was Accepted Frewen (1588-1664) who became Archbishop of York.  He was born at Northiam, supposedly in a “ruinous old house called Carriers” opposite Brickwall Park.  He never married and bequeathed his fortune when he died to his youngest brother Stephen (1600-1679).  It was Stephen who purchased Brickwall House and other large estates in Sussex, and was ancester of the present family.  The chapel attached to the church was built by Thomas Frewen Turner of Brickwall (d.1870) following the death of his wife in 1844.  The memorial with her bust was carved by William Beynes, and there are monuments to other members of the family, including Turner himself, on the walls of the chapel.


Good (2003)


BoE: Sussex (1965), 573-4;

Shell Guide: E Sussex (1978) 148;

VCH: Sussex (1937), 6, 274-5 (with plan); 

Dictionary of National Biography.

The East Sussex County Record Office holds Smirke’s plans and specifications, 1844-1945 (FRE 468-4710) plans by Smirke, 1845 (ACC 4050/38) work accounts, 1843-1845 (ACC 5104/9) and correspondence, 1839, 1843-5 and 1866 (FRE 2937, 3145, 3161, 3173, 3896, 40446) as well as correspondence and photographs concerning repairs, 1963-1974 (PAR 431/4/22);


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Church of St Mary,

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