Gideon Mantell

Gideon Mantell’s memorial is in the north aisle.

Mantell (1790-1853) was a local doctor who lived in the High Street, at Castle Place, close to the church. He was also an amateur geologist and is well known for having uncovered the fossilised skeleton of an iguanodon, identified as a ‘dinosaur’ for the first time, from a site in the Tilgate Forest north of Lewes. The ‘bones’ are now in the collection of the Natural History Museum, London.

Gideon Mantell

Gideon Mantell