Church of The Holy Sepulchre, Warminghurst, West Sussex

Address: Church Park Lane, Warminghurst, Ashington, West Sussex, RH20 3AW
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Usually open daily from 10.00am to 4.00pm; at other times keyholder nearby
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A country gem from a gentler era

The setting of this 13th-century sandstone church – with splendid views across to the Iron Age fort of Chanctonbury Ring on the South Downs – is lovely, but the building itself surpasses all expectations.

The unspoilt 18th-century interior, which is illuminated by large windows of clear glass contains silvery oak pews, a clerk’s desk, a triple-decker pulpit, an uneven flagstone floor, and a curved brace roof.

There is also an elegant three arched wooden screen. Above the screen is a wonderful painting of the coat of arms of Queen Anne, with theatrical swags of painted drapery surrounding it.

Look for the clerk’s chair – it suggests that one of the old parish officials was very well fed!

On the walls are lovely memorials to the Shelley and Butler families. James Butler bought Warminghurst Park from the Quaker, William Penn - a trustee of the American province of West Jersey (later renamed Pennsylvania).

It is said that Penn wrote the first draft of Pennsylvania's constitution at Warminghurst Park. After buying Warminghurst however, James Butler demolished it, determined to remove all trace of the old Quaker.

The harmonious interior and charm of the setting combine to make a visit to this church an unforgettable experience.

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How to find us

To locate this church on a map, click on the 'View on map' link that appears below the address information at the top of the page.

Road directions

Signposted off northern end of main street in Ashington village, just off A24; follow lane as it turns left into new housing estate but instead drive straight ahead down country lane; church on hill at end of lane

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Pulborough (5 miles).

OS Reference No.

TQ 117 169

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Useful information

Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out about this church and the CCT before you visit?

You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walk round guides we have for this church.
 
 



 

 

PDF iconHampshire, Sussex & Surrey County Guide (PDF, 4.9mb)

This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches CCT cares for in Hampshire, Sussex & Surrey. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.

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Comments

  1. Katharine Creighton-Griffiths (27 Jul 2011, 14:46)

    As a child, I attended services at this church as part of the Thakeham Parish. I particularly being able to shut the family into our pew! I have been back many times: Warminghurst has an atmosphere of quiet, loving peace. It never feels deserted or lonely. It is the place I visit to breathe deeply and take a moment out of the busy 21st Century rush.

  2. Gary Shield (22 Sep 2011, 12:03)

    This was the first CCT church I found (by accident) and what a find! Not just for the stunning views to Chanctonbury Ring, but the amazingly tranquil feel of the church itself. The wooden screen and superb painting above are inspiring to look at, and the triple deck pulpit takes a commanding place. This inspired me to join the CCT...and after a few more visits to other churches, I am so pleased that I did.

  3. wiz hawksfield (08 Oct 2012, 09:03)

    I attended the Harvest Festival last night at Warminghurst and it was truly magical. Windlesham Choir sang and the whole evening could not have been nicer.

  4. alan and cynthia clarke (08 Oct 2012, 21:12)

    lovely little church in good repair.we attended harvest festival which was very well attended to overflowing,complete with a school choir,flowers drinks and food.together this made an enjoyable service and to see this fine old church brought to life. many thanks to all the people that made this event possible and very well done.

  5. Milton Keenz (07 Apr 2013, 02:45)

    It's a little stunner. Nothing like that in New Zealand. Shame about the roof. i am going to send some funds to help repair/restoration. Such a tranquil and peaceful place to b alone with one's thoughts.

  6. Mont De Lans III (06 Jun 2013, 20:26)

    I was introduced to this lovely church recently by a cycling friend. The church itself and the setting are sublime. I love this tiny spot on the planet.

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Community information for Church of The Holy Sepulchre, Warminghurst

 

All our West Sussex churches are in CCT’s South East region.

About the Friends of Warminghurst Church

Contact telephone: 01903 891312

Useful local links

Sussex tourism website 

West Sussex tourism website 

Family days out in West Sussex 

West Sussex County Council 

West Sussex Past history website 

Sussex Family History Group 

West Sussex is in the Diocese of Chichester

Donate by text

Last year, we welcomed over two million visitors to our churches. If each person donated just £2, this would enable us to keep our churches open, safe and watertight for you and future generations to enjoy.

Close up of a mosaic at St Peter, Northampton

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Church of The Holy Sepulchre, Warminghurst, West Sussex

Keyholder

If the access information for this church is listed as 'Keyholder nearby', this means that the key is kept by one of our invaluable volunteer 'keyholders', who usually live just a short walk from the church and can give visitors the key; sometimes this is a nearby hotel, pub, library, art gallery or other venue. You will find instructions explaining how to get the key when you arrive at the church.

Facilities

Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating or running water meaning that they can be cold, and very rarely have toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor. We do apologise for any inconvenience the lack of facilities may cause.