St Peter's Church, Preston Park, East Sussex

Address: Preston Drove, Preston Park, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 6SD
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Open daily from 11.00am to 3.00pm and sometimes longer in the summer
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Painted treasures in a wonderful landscape

This simple square-towered church, built from flint rubble, is 800-years old. It stands in the beautiful landscaped park of Preston Manor.

Now all looks serene but in 1906 the church was damaged by fire and nearly lost its greatest treasures - its 14th-century wallpaintings. Today, the paintings stand out in reds and browns against the limewashed walls.

Although fragments, you can pick out the nativity with a bowl-shaped crib and the infant Jesus. The violent scene of Thomas Becket’s murder in Canterbury is clearer - you can see one of the four knights, possibly William de Tracy, plunge his sword into Becket's head and you can see blood dripping from the hand of Edward Grim, Becket’s chaplain, who was injured while trying to protect him.

Sumptuous 20th-century restoration brought the church new life after the fire, and today the walls, windows and floors around the altar glow with a gorgeous mix of pattern and colour.

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Road directions

Immediately adjacent to Preston Manor which is at the northern tip of Preston Park on the A23 in Brighton. Main entrance from Preston Drove but footpath from Preston Park itself through churchyard. Limited pay and display parking & toilet facilities are available in Preston Park, operated by Brighton & Hove City Council.

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Preston Park (0.3 miles). Bus route number 88

OS Reference No.

TQ 304 064

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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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  1. Sandy (01 Dec 2013, 23:04)

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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

Text code 'OCCT05' to 70070 to donate now (free from all networks).

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Community information for St Peter's Church, Preston Park

 

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

About the Friends of Preston Park Church

Visit the Friends website

Contact email: hmtapsell@hotmail.co.uk

Useful local links

Visit Sussex tourism website 

Sussex Top Attractions website 

Sussex Local History information 

Sussex Family History Group 

List of East Sussex churches 

East 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

Text code 'OCCT05' to 70070 to donate now (free from all networks).

Or use the button below to donate online.

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St Peter's Church, Preston Park, East 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.

Disabled access

There is a tarmac path from the gate to the door, and a ramp into 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.