St Nicolas Old Shoreham: Guided Tours

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St. Nicolas' Lane, BN43 5NH West Sussex, United Kingdom
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11 September 2021

Enjoy a beautiful church which is over 1000 years old.

Guides will be on hand to show visitors the outstanding architectural and historical features of this jewel of a building. The perfectly preserved ancient church is thought to have been founded by Saxons as early as 850, and was subsequently rebuilt by the Norman Lords of Bramber. See the spectacular carvings on the tower arches c 1140, a screen dating from 1300, links to the Armada and the Titanic in 'Sea Corner', Victorian and modern stained glass, try to find the cat and the mouse and then watch the rolling slideshows of Old Shoreham in days gone by and the story of our Russian Princess. On a delightful site close to the River Adur with its wooden Toll Bridge (dating from 1782 and still in use), opposite historic Shoreham Airport and next to the 16th century Red Lion Inn, a visit to the church can be the centrepiece of a great day out in the beautiful Adur Valley.

Event Times

Saturday 11 September: 10.30-15.30

Booking Details

No booking required


Apart from the raised area in the chancel the rest of the church is flat and at ground level. Access to the toilet from inside the church is through a narrow doorway, but wheelchair users can reach the toilet by entering through a wider door on the north side of the church, which is just opposite the toilet.

COVID-19 Considerations

This event will run in line with local & national government guidelines at the time of the festival.

Additional Information

Max 6 people per tour/session. Tour 15 minutes. The beautiful peaceful churchyard of St Nicolas is also worth a visit. It has several Commonwealth War Graves, and others who rest here include Amon Henry Wildes, who with his father designed most of the building which give Brighton its distinctive appearance, and Lydia Yavorska, Princess Bariatinsky, whose dramatic life is the subject of a presentation at 7.30 pm on Saturday 11 September. 

St. Nicolas' Lane, BN43 5NH West Sussex, United Kingdom

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