St Martin's Church, Westmeston BN6 8RJ
St Martin’s Westmeston is part of the Beacon Parish which includes St Margaret’s Ditchling and Streat Church. More information about services, the three churches, events in the Parish, youth work and other news appears on the Beacon Parish website: www.beaconparish.co.uk
The three churches in the Beacon Parish are all open during the day for individual prayer.
When visiting the churches, please follow Government guidelines:
HAND - use the hand sanitiser on arrival and departure
FACE - wear your mask
SPACE - observe social distancing
On arrival, sign in with your phone on the NHS Test and Trace App or on the form inside the door. Please avoid touching as much as possible and only visit if you are feeling 100 per cent well.
Good Morning Friday (GMF)
Every Friday at 9.00am GMF takes place as a virtual meeting on the video conferencing platform, Zoom. If you would like to participate please email Keith Hine on email@example.com.
The nave of St Martin's church has been here since Norman times, and has been much added to over the centuries. The walls of the nave are originally Norman and so is the doorway on the north wall. 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 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. Only one other chalk font exists.
- The stained-glass windows are relatively modern.
- The pulpit is Jacobean and made of oak.
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.
If you have any specific questions, do please contact the Westmeston churchwarden or the parish office – details on the website: https://www.beaconparish.co.uk
Tessa Haughton - 01273 843581 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Painted by Adrian Flude of Westmeston during lockdown.