Pevensey’s 800 year old church labelled ‘at risk’

St Nicolas in Church Lane, Pevensey
St Nicolas in Church Lane, Pevensey

English Heritage has put St Nicolas Church in Pevensey on its ‘at risk’ register.

The church, which is approaching its 800th anniversary, is at ‘immediate risk of further rapid deterioration or loss of fabric.

George Stephens, deputy churchwarden, who is heading up a committee to raise £220,000 to complete a restoration project begun in 2006, said, “This is obviously a concern for both the congregation and the wider local community.

“More than 90 per cent of people questioned locally in a recent survey answered that they consider the church building is a major community asset.”

A major fundraising appeal took place to restore the church some years ago and in 2008 the church in Pevensey was given a £10,000 for restoration work by the Sussex Historic Churches Trust.

Residents and churchgoers also organised barn dances, concerts, coffee mornings and fetes in aid of the £200,000 project and St Nicolas received a grant from English Heritage.

However, nearly seven years on, more work is needed.

Mr Stephens said, “Clearly the work done so far since 2006, whilst essential to make the building watertight and weather proof, leaves a lot more to be done.”

The building is now dry and ready for redecoration, but least two roofs need replacement. The interior decoration had suffered for years from water ingress and damage needs a face-lift.”

A two-year programme of concerts, events and fund raising initiatives are planned to mark the church’s 800th anniversary landmark, which coincides with the 950th anniversary of William the Conqueror’s landing on Pevensey beach, which also falls in 2016.

Find out more at www.st
nicolas800.org.uk.