Welcome to the Friends of Hamsey Church


The church will be open most weekdays until 27th August. After that it will be closed during the week until 16th September. It should be open every weekend up until the end of October. We will post winter openings later.

If anyone wants access to the church when it is closed, this email address will be checked most of the time.


This is a service mainly for those travelling from afar so a few days noticed may be required. Unfortunately this won’t guarantee entry as the key holder may be away too!

The next Evensong will be at 6pm on 4th August.

There will be a free concert taking place by the Lewes Chamber Choir on Bank holiday Monday 26th August at 4.00pm. All welcome.



Our beautiful and historic Grade I Listed St. Peter’s Church, Hamsey, is suffering from the effects of 1000 years of worship and wear and tear.

The Friends of Hamsey Church was set up in 2016 to help with its upkeep into the future. This will include raising grants for renovation, financial subscriptions and working parties to help with spring cleaning inside the church and some maintenance of the graveyard.

The roof, in particular, was badly in need of attention and we are happy to report that following successful fundraising the roof works have now been completed.

Fundraising and grant applications continue to help secure the future maintenance of his very special landmark.

If you are interested in this supporting this project financially or with your time, and would like more information, please contact: friendsofhamsey@gmail.com.



We would like to thank all the volunteers who have enabled the church to be open for visitors. It has been very encouraging to see the number of visitors to the church since the regular openings. From March to September 294 people signed the visitors book coming from as far away as New Zealand! Thank you all for your generous donations. Please come back and bring your friends and do remember to sign the visitors book, even if it is not your first visit!

Booklets and postcards are available for sale and there is a folder containing information on the graveyards and monuments within the church.

Evensong will commence on Sunday 5thMay at 6pm and continue on the first Sunday of each month until September. Everyone is welcome.

Hamsey Church is popular for weddings and baptisms.

To arrange a wedding or baptism please contact the churchwarden via the following link:




New Award for Hamsey Church


We are pleased to announce that the Hamsey reroofing project has won two Sussex Heritage Trust (www.sussexheritagetrust.org.uk) awards: in the Building Craft category and also in the Ecclesiastical category.

The judges made the following comments:

Building Craft: “Well-executed roof restoration done to high standard with imaginative re-use of clay tiles and Horsham slates which will improve sustainability, combined with sensitive and effective treatment of critical works to establish the structural integrity of the building. Well done!”

Ecclesiastical: “A thoroughly considered approach to the project, demonstrating detailed knowledge of materials, new and reused. A collaborative approach with architect and client which successfully tackled issues that arose. Finished job enhanced an already beautiful building.”

The work was carried out in the Spring of 2017 by Clarke Roofing Southern Ltd



Roofing work in progress

Roofing work in progress

Please sign the visitors book if you visit the church

Please sign the visitors book if you visit the church

The new roof

The new roof

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