Arlington, Berwick, Selmeston with
Alciston and Wilmington Churches

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Opening Times

The five churches in the benefice are normally open from 10.00 am till dusk. Please note that the churches may, at times, be unavailable for visits because of weddings, funerals, etc.

Visiting Groups

Berwick Church welcomes visiting groups and offers a guided talk by prior arrangement. Please click here for details of costs. Our Visitor Coordinator for Berwick church is Mrs Linda Hallums - Tel. 01323 896008. She can also give advice on coach parking and places to eat locally.
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Details of service times can be found here.

Please click on the markers on the map below for details of car parking for each church.

Bus and Rail Services to Berwick Church

A Rider Bus Service 125/38 operates Monday to Saturday along the A27 from Lewes to Alfriston stopping at Berwick Village crossroads turning about 0.34 miles from Berwick church.

Please click here for a Lewes area timetable.

Berwick railway station is a 1.32 mile walk from the church (the majority of which is on a dedicated public footpath and cycleway).

The Cuckmere Valley Rambler Bus operates an hourly service from Berwick Station to Alfriston at weekends and on public holidays (except Good Friday); this calls at Berwick Village crossroads. The service is timed to connect with certain trains. A limited service operates on weekdays. Please click here for details.

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Local Map of Bus and Rail Services to Berwick ChurchThe Churches

The five churches are set in a beautiful part of East Sussex largely within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the newly created South Downs National Park.The five parishes lie between the coastal town of Eastbourne and the historic county town of Lewes. The five churches are normally open from 10.00 am till dusk. Details of service times can be found here.

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Alciston

Alciston church, which is Grade 1 listed, was a chapel-of-ease for Battle Abbey and has Norman, early English and Perpendicular features.
Key Features: The church is adjacent to a fine 14th century tithe barn and mediaeval (Benedictine) dovecote, tithe barn, priest’s house and stewponds.

Arlington

The church building dates back over 1000 years and bears an ancient dedication to St Pancras - the son of a Roman nobleman who was beheaded in 304 aged 14, for refusing to renounce Christianity.
Key Features: St Pancras notably represents a mosaic of early and medieval periods of architecture in one building. There is a 13th century pottery urn and leper’s window behind the priest’s stall in the Chancel. The East Window has a stained glass depiction of the Crucifixion and is dedicated to the memory of William Chandless - a Christian cowboy and Amazon explorer!

Berwick

St Michael and All Angels is a Grade 1 listed building. Although it may well have Saxon or Norman origins, it was heavily restored in 1856 to designs by local Victorian architect Henry Woodyer.
Key Features: The 20th Century Bloomsbury Murals that attract about 10,000 visitors each year.

Selmeston

The church is built of flint in the typical Sussex style, with a red-tiled roof and a tall bell-turret with tiled walls and a shingled spire.
Key Features: The church has unusual brasses and the churchyard has the grave of Stanley Mockford who was the inventor of the ‘Mayday’ distress call. There is a particularly beautiful stained glass - including the window of the Annunciation by Charles Kempe.

Wilmington

The church of St Mary and St Peter is 12th Century and was founded, with the neighbouring Priory, by Benedictine monks. The unusually long chancel has stone seating along the walls where the monks would have sat for services.
Key Features: A 1,600 year-old yew tree stands in the churchyard, and the church has a particularly fine Jacobean pulpit, dating from 1610. The north chapel has a beautiful ‘Bee and Butterfly’ stained glass window that was installed to replace one destroyed by a fire in 2002.

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