St Peter & St Paul, Peasmarsh

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The Church of St Peter & St Paul, Peasmarsh lies about a mile to the south of the village. It is sited on one of the only two areas in the parish to rise above 65 metres and commands fine views over the Rother and the Tillingham valleys.

Peasmarsh, known before the Conquest as Tetbald, began as a settlement around an Anglo Saxon minster situated where the present church now stands. Evidence of Roman activity on the site which has recently come to light suggests much earlier occupation. The reason for the village subsequently moving away to the North is unexplained, but the most popular theory is that this was due to a serious outbreak of plague in the 14th century

The present beautiful and historic Grade 1 listed building dates from 1070 and a considerable amount of the original Church remains.  The iron-sandstone Chancel Arch, with the unusual leopard-like creatures carved on each side, has remained almost untouched since Norman times.

Around 1170, the Tower was added. North and South Aisles were formed by cutting through the original walls and making the present arches in Trans-Norman style. In 1240, the Chancel was lengthened to nearly twice its previous size.  Some 250 years later the South Aisle was further enlarged and the South Porch added.

The exceptionally fine acoustics of this building led to it being chosen as the main venue for the Florestan Festival for 13 years and it is now the venue for the annual Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival

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Rev'd John Burgess.
Eight Acre Lane
Three Oaks
East Sussex
TN35 4NL
01424 756017 (Assistant Curate) or 07736 666545

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Sunday Morning service
Normally this service takes place on 1st and 3rd Sundays, but there will be no 10am Eucharist on Sunday December 18th 2016. The next Sunday Morning service will be on Christmas Day.
Every first and third Sunday at 10:00 AM for 50 minutes
Common Worship



(Hymn Books / Orders of Service etc.)

Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome
Stained Glass Wall Paintings
Church Open Our church is always open except during the Chamber Music Festival (4 days in June) when it is locked to protect the grand piano which has been hired.
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Incumbent: The Revd Martin Nigel HARPER
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 5085
Diocesan ID: CY0121
Built: 1070
Style of worship: Central
Archdeaconry: HASTINGS (103)
Deanery: RYE (10307)
Parish Legal Name: Beckley and Peasmarsh (100495 )
CofE Church Info: (610509 10/509)
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The current editor is: Jennifer Als

This page was last updated on Tuesday 13th December 2016
St Peter & St Paul : Church Lane, Peasmarsh, East Sussex, TN31 6XE - The church is not in the centre of the village. It is about a mile from A 268 up Church Lane.

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