An introduction to Saint Peter's parish and its community

  • The ecclesiastical parish of East Blatchington – Saint Peter, in the County of East Sussex, lies within the diocese and jurisdiction of the Lord Bishop of Chichester, the Archdeaconry of Lewes and Hastings and the Deanery of Lewes and Seaford. The parish serves the densely populated western side of the town of Seaford. The patron of the parish is the Bishop of Chichester. In 2008 the parish became a United Benefice with the adjacent parish of Bishopstone – Saint Andrew. The Rector of the United Benefice, Canon Doctor Andrew Mayes, is based at Saint Peter's Church and a house for duty priest, Father Trevor Smyth, is based at Saint Andrew's Church. 
  • The parish of Saint Peter is mainly private housing, with a few shops and one pub/hotel, The White Lion. There is a significant number of nursing and care homes within the parish. Having played host to numerous boarding schools during the early and mid-twentieth century, a modest two remain in the parish and there is one primary school within a short distance of the Church. The congregation reflects the local population, with both retired members and younger ones. We aim to be a place where all ages can be at home.
  • The electoral roll has remained around 130 - 140 for a number of years. As a result of the varied churchmanship of the Seaford parishes our congregation (as with the other churches in the area) is drawn from a much wider base than the parish and over 35% of those on the electoral roll live outside the parish boundary.
  • The Church stands at the top of Blatchington Hill, at its junction with Belgrave Road. It is a grade II* listed building, and lies within the East Blatchington conservation area. Evidence suggests that the church building dates from the early 12th century, but that this was a sacred site in pre-Christian times. It is built mainly of flint with a tiled roof and shingled spire, topped with a gilded weathercock which was erected to mark the Millennium. Inside, simple lime-washed walls give it the feel of the downland village church it once was. There are several stained glass windows including a beautiful modern one, dating from 2002, celebrating the theme “From Darkness to Light”. The Copeman Hart electronic organ was installed in 1998, and has been used for recitals by some distinguished organists. The church can seat about 120; there is easy disabled access and wheelchair space towards the centre of the nave. The good quality sound system and audio loop have been largely renewed and updated within the last couple of years.
  • The churchyard is closed for burials but cremated remains are interred in a special area adjacent to the north wall. Floodlights were installed in 2003 to illuminate the church and churchyard. Lewes District Council is responsible for basic maintenance and repairs to boundary walls, paths, etc.
  • The church has been the subject of an extensive programme of restoration and redecoration in recent years. The nave and chancel roofs have been re-tiled and the chancel ceiling, which was of lath and plaster, has been replaced and repainted in a stunning colour scheme with blue background and gold stars. The rest of the nave and chancel have been completely redecorated, and the stone quoins around some of the windows have been stripped of the paint which was applied many years ago in order to reveal the beauty of the natural stone.





Please send emails relating to Saint Peter's to pccstpeters@gmail.com and letters to The Rectory, 86 Belgrave Road, Seaford, BN25 2HE.
Please send correspondence relating to Saint Andrew's to Hilary Norsworthy, Churchwarden, 8 Hawth Hill, Bishopstone, Seaford ,  BN25 2RL 
 Correspondence relating to the United Benefice should also be sent to Saint Peter's Rectory

The area telephone code for all the numbers shown in this site is 01323, unless stated otherwise.

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