There has been a church on this site over for nearly 1000 years. In the census (The Doomsday Book) written in 1085 or a little earlier, it says that here was a church and a manor, the value of which was £12, which had been assessed as worth £10 in the reign of the Saxon King Edward. So it is certain that there was a church here in Saxon times. In the 13th century, the monks from the Abbey of St Pancras at Lewes, who when our church was administered by the foundation, would come over the hills to minister to the faithful at St Nicholas'. The solemn worship of God, with all the resources and creativity at our disposal, is our core purpose, pointing, as does the building itself, set on a hill, to our belief in the centrality of God in the life of the world.
Opening times for Visitors
The Church is open Monday/Tuesday/Friday 10.00-13.00, 14.00-16.00.
Closed Saturdays, Sundays, Thursdays.
Occasionally access may be restricted due to services and special events.
Admission is free to individuals, but donations are vital to the maintenance of this magnificent ancient church. We receive no financial support from central or local government and ask you to help by giving as generously as you can.
We would be delighted if you would join us at any of our services. We also welcome enquiries from groups about holding special services.
Guided Tours and Group Visits
There is access for wheelchairs through the North-East and South doors.
There are toilets in the church including facilities for the disabled. There is a loop system.
Among the many historical, architectural and spiritual wonders the Church holds, there is a well-supplied range of cards and guidebooks.
St Nicholas' teas can be provided if booked in advance.
We do not hold historical records... please referto Lewes Records Office
Photography, Video and Mobile Phones
There is no charge for taking photographs. However, no photography, video or mobile phone recording is allowed during services or rehearsals for services and concerts. We ask that visitors respect this sacred space and turn off their mobile phones during their visit.