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.
Please note that St Peter's Church will be closed to the public on Monday 9th December 2019 for filming. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
A little bit of Italy in Hove
A church that still welcomes wayfarers on the South Downs
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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