St Peter, East Blatchington, Sussex

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East Blatchington is a village in East Sussex that has now merged into Seaford, a town on the Sussex coast midway between Brighton and Eastbourne. The church consists of a chancel, rebuilt c.1200, a nave that was originally Norman, and a 13thc W tower with a later broach spire. A S aisle was added to the nave in the 13thc, but later removed - the blocked arcade is still visible. The chancel was restored by Ewan Christian in 1860.  There is no Romanesque sculpture here now, but according to Arthur Mee, 'the Norman font was found buried in the churchyard' (Mee 1964, 65). The church now has a modern marble font. No photographs of the Norman font are known.


East Blatchington is not recorded under that name in the Domesday Survey, suggesting that the land was subsumed within other, greater manors. Certainly at least part of it belonged to the manor of Alciston that was held by Battle Abbey from the King in 1086, and by Aethelnoth Cild before the Conquest. Hamo de Warrenne was recorded as the rector in 1257-93.





Present whereabouts not known.



  • N. Antram and N.Pevsner, The Buildings of England, Sussex: East with Brighton and Hove, New Haven and London 2012, 622

  • W H Godfrey, "The Parish Church of St Peter, East Blatchington", Sussex Notes and Queries 15, May 1961, 232-33.

  • A. Mee, The King's England: Sussex. London 1937 (revised and edited by C.L.S.Linnell 1964), 65.

  • I. Nairn and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England, Sussex. Harmondsworth 1965, 482-83.

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Site Location
East Blatchington
National Grid Reference
TV 484 998 
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales): Sussex
now: Brighton and Hove
medieval: Chichester
now: Chichester
now: St Peter
medieval: not confirmed
Type of building/monument
Parish church  
Report authors
Kathryn Morrison 
Visit Date
20 September 1999