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St Martin's Church, Westmeston BN6 8RJ

  • The parish church of St Martin, Westmeston stands on a slight rise off the Lewes Road. The walls are flint, plastered in part, with sandstone dressings; the roofs have tiles on the north and chiefly Horsham slates on the south.
  • The nave has been here since Norman times, and has been much added to over the centuries. The walls of the nave are original Norman and so is the doorway on the north wall.
  • The chancel was added in the 13th century. The north and west walls and the arch were rebuilt in the 19th century.
  • The arches and the aisle on the south are early 14th century work, and the wall here leans outwards.
  • The south chapel was built in the 15th century; it is now a vestry and houses the organ.
  • The porch is rather fine; the brick base is 450 years old but parts of the timbering are nearly 600 years old.
  • The small bell turret is 14th century repair work and contains three bells, two were cast in 1636, the third in 1712; they have since been recast.
  • The font is Norman work and is unusual as it is made of chalk clunch in the shape of a cup. The only font in use in this country.
  • The stained glass windows are relatively modern.
  • The pulpit is Jacobean and made of oak.
  • The wooden cross on the Alter was carved to commemorate the Millennium. The cross is made of local white ash and made by carpenter Bill Tingle who lived at the Old school House Westmeston
  • From the west door you will see that the chancel is 'skewed' relative to the axis of the nave. This is a common feature of English churches and is thought to be an attempt to line the later building to face Jerusalem rather than due east as was the custom of the earlier nave builders.
  • St Martin's church is located on the B2116 in Westmeston about one mile east of Ditchling.
  • St Martin’s is part of the Beacon Parish along with Streat and Ditchling. 

The Beacon Parish Church Services

Sunday

St Margaret’s Ditchling

St Martin’s Westmeston

Streat

1

8am BCP Holy Communion

9.45am Holy Communion
& Little Beacons

9.45am Holy Communion

No Service

2

9.45am Holy Communion
& Little Beacons

9.45am Morning Prayer (Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct, Dec)

9.45am Morning Prayer (Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Sep, Nov)

3

8am BCP Holy Communion

9.45am Holy Communion
& Little Beacons

No Service

9.45am Holy Communion

4

9.45am Beacon Parish    Communion & Little Beacons

No Service

No Service

5

9.45am Beacon Parish Communion & Little Beacons

No Service

No Service

St Margaret’s Ditchling – Wednesdays 10.00am Holy Communion

For Festivals and other special services, see the Beacon Parish website

https://www.beaconparish.co.uk

  

 

          

 

                   

 

                                          

 

 

With thanks to Martin Driver and Paul Charman for the photographs