St Andrew, Alfriston

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Dating back to 1360, the aptly-named 'Cathedral of the South Downs' is unique as a village church. Thousands of visitors come to marvel at its beautiful location on the Tye (village green), at the architecture, or simply to enjoy the quiet and peaceful atmosphere inside.

St. Andrew's is set on a small mound by the river and built in the form of a cross. The central tower and spire dominate the skyline, with a peal of six bells which are rung from the centre of the church.  This feature is only seen in about 16 churches in the country; and one of only 2 in the Diocese.

Because of its location, St. Andrew's is often used for concerts and other special events. We also welcome visits from schools and other organisations, and can provide a guide by arrangement.

St. Andrew's is also a living church - with two Sunday Services held at 8.00am and 11.00am.  Full details are found in the monthly 'Cuckmere News'

St Andrew's is in an ecumenical partnership with the Alfriston United Reformed Church (now The Old Chapel Centre)

The church is normally open to visitors daily from 9.00am to 5.00pm or dusk every day. Next door to the church is the National Trust Clergy House.

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St Andrew's Church
The Tye
BN26 5TL
01323 871093 (Parish Office)

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Holy Communion
Every first second third and fourth Sunday at 8:00 AM
Book of Common Prayer
Alternates between Morning Worship, Mattins and URC communion
See Calendar of events for details
Every first Sunday at 11:00 AM for 1 hour
Holy Communion
Holy Communion, usually sung with choir and sermon. Visitors welcome.
Every second and fourth Sunday at 11:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Common Worship
Family Service
An informal act of worship with children's talk accessable to all.
Every third Sunday at 11:00 AM for 40 minutes
Family Friendly Refreshments


Bell ringing practice night.
Every Tuesday Check first on 07792 948706
Every Tuesday at 7:30 PM


Holy Communion
Every Wednesday at 10:15 AM
Book of Common Prayer



Wheelchair accessible toilets

(Hymn Books / Orders of Service etc.)

Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome
Stained Glass Floodlight


Foodbank or foodbank collection point
Hall for Hire Although there is no separate church hall, the church is available for concerts.
Other information
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 4757
Diocesan ID: CW0111
Built: 1360
Archdeaconry: Brighton and Lewes (104)
Deanery: Lewes and Seaford (10403)
Parish Legal Name: Alfriston with Lullington (100428 )
CofE Church Info: (610428 10/428)
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The current editor is: Pauline Kennard

This page was last updated on Wednesday 19th April 2017
St Andrew : The Tye, Alfriston, East Sussex, BN26 5TL - Near the centre of the village off the High Street. Please use public car parks on the north side of the village. There are 2 disabled parking spaces on the Tye road near the church.


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