St Thomas the Martyr Church, Winchelsea

East Sussex, London & South-East England


Opening Times

Open for worship : Sunday 08:00 - 1st Sunday of the month (Holy Communion - BCP); 11:00 every Sunday (Sung Eucharist).


Also nearby

The Court Hall museum on the High Street documents the history of the town of Winchelsea. Tours of the town's extensive medieval wine cellars available. Rye and Hastings, both a short distance away, are worth visiting, while Battle Abbey is just 12 miles away.

Grade listed
Refreshments available nearby


Parking in street; Coach parking in town.

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John Wesley was forced to preach outdoors in 1790 because he was excluded from the Anglican parish church here, as elsewhere. The Rector, Drake Hollingberry, is recorded as describing John Wesley as 'the Devil's own'.

Winchelsea also has a connection to the 19th century Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood of painters. John Millais used fields around the town as background for his painting The Blind Girl, and his painting The Random Shot depicts one of the tombs in the parish church.