Church in Brightling, Sussex

Exploring Sussex Churches (Ticketed)

Tuesday 04 July 2017
Talk begins at 6.30. Refreshments from 6pm.

The talk

Although Sussex was relatively late in converting to Christianity it has, uniquely amongst southern counties, retained a large proportion of its earliest church buildings. Subsequent wealth and influences have not destroyed all that was there and the past really does peep out at the casual visitor.

The lecture looks at the architectural history of Sussex churches, taking a chronological view from the early eleventh century to the twentieth. It illustrates a variety of buildings that are little known and discusses their contents and the way in which they were used.

The speaker

John Vigar has worked as an ecclesiastical historian for over 35 years. He has visited and recorded over 13,000 churches in England and wales and his written extensively including `Exploring Sussex Churches` (1984). He is a Trustee of The Friends of Friendless Churches, the first national charity to campaign for the care of redundant churches and formerly worked for The Churches Conservation Trust.

Participant information

Upon arrival please come to the main museum entrance, where you will be directed to the talk location.

Talks start at 6.30pm, last for about 1-1½ hours. There will be tea, coffee & cake available between 6.00pm-6.30pm. If you have any dietary requirements please let us know in advance.


£14 per person, £10 for Museum Members, £5 for Weald & Downland Museum volunteers.

Please note Members and volunteer discounts are applicable using a code which you may enter at point of checkout. You may be asked for proof of status before being admitted so please bring your Museum badge or Membership number with you.



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