St Peter's Church, Preston Park, East Sussex
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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 fourteenth-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 twentieth-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.
24 June 2018 - 24 June 2018
The History of St. Peter's and Preston Village, enjoyed with a Summer Tea Party. Learn about Stencilling.
14 July 2018 - 14 July 2018
Come and search out your talents and skills with craft making, for everyone aged 14+
31 July 2018 - 31 July 2018
Have you ever tried to stain glass? Now's your chance to make your own fabulous 'glass' art!
16 August 2018 - 16 August 2018
Design a block print and make your own cloth pennant to take away.
08 September 2018 - 08 September 2018
Join thousands of people visiting places that they never usually go to
21 October 2018 - 21 October 2018
Evensong service and the blessing of the chancel with the Bishop of Lewes
A little bit of Italy in Hove
A church that still welcomes wayfarers
A country gem from a gentler era
There is a tarmac path from the gate to the door. There is a ramp into the church.
Facilities & Hire
Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating, running water and toilet facilities.The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor.
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.
Nearest railway station:
Preston Park (0.3 miles).
Take either the 5 or 5A and ask for Preston Manor.
History & Further 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 churchHampshire, Sussex & Surrey County Guide 2012
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.
The Friends of St Peter's, Preston Park
The Friends of St Peter's was formed in 2006 to support The Churches Conservation Trust in its care, preservation, maintenance and management of St Peter's.
- Friends of St Peter's Website - http://www.stpetersprestonpark.co.uk/
- St Peter's Preston Park Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/stpetersprestonpark
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