St George

The small church is an attractive building of 12th and 15th century work with alterations and additions occurring in the 13th and 14th centuries.

About this church

Although the open trussed roofs are of early date the wooden spire clad with shingles is of recent date replacing the original after a fire in 1946.

The interior is simple with mosaic frescoes on the east wall with tombs of the Gainsford family flanking the chancel, one of which is in cast iron probably unique in this country. The font is of Saxon origin apparently and the linen fold panelled pulpit and lectern are reputedly from the Gainsford family house, Crowhurst Place.

The churchyard contains graves, many being well kept, stretching back several centuries, as well as a hollow yew tree, believed to be 4000 year old, and whose immense branches are carefully supported. There is a handsome lychgate dating from the 1930s.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Magnificent memorials
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Fascinating churchyard
  • Wildlife haven

Visitors information

  • Bus stop within 100m
  • Level access to the main areas
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Accessible toilets nearby
  • Café within 500m
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike

Other nearby churches


St Peter

St Peter's is popular with walkers who find it featured in most walking guides to the area particularly as it has the second largest yew tree in UK.

St Mary

The ancient church was built nearly one thousand years ago and, together with its historic graveyards, provides a unique home for the key moments and memories of our town.

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