St Peter & St Paul

More than 30 cast iron memorials are set into the floor of this medieval church.

About this church

This remarkable collection is a vivid reminder of the importance of the iron industry in Wadhurst, which was one of the last places to produce traditional Sussex iron before the new technology of the Industrial Revolution took over.

The tomb slabs date from the 17th and 18th centuries. Several of them carry the name of the principal local family of ironmasters: Barham. John Barham, who died in 1723, and his wife Lucy, are commemorated by a large marble wall memorial in the chancel.

With its Norman tower and its 13th century arcades, Wadhurst church had already taken its present form by the 14th century, when the shingled broach spire (now slightly crooked) was added to the tower. The 15th century south porch, with a priest's room (called a parvise) above, was the only major later addition.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Magnificent memorials
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Fascinating churchyard
  • Social heritage stories
  • National heritage here

Visitors information

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

Other nearby churches

St Mary

Records from the 12th century mention a church at Ticehurst, but the present building is thought to have been built by Sir William de Etchingham after completing nearby Etchingham church in the 1370s.

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St Mary

There is evidence of a church on this site in Saxon times, consecrated on the 29th September 998, of which nothing now remains.

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