Welcome to The Friends of St Peter's
Our current lighting system is poor, dull, mostly not working. Our voluntary group is responsible for the lighting and want it replaced with greener, cheaper LED lighting. It will transform the church interior and enable everyone to really appreciate the beautiful stencilling, its beams and of course the precious murals.
The total cost of the new lighting will be £25,000. The Friends of St Peter's have contributed £10,000; Pride have generously given £1,000. So now we just need to raise £14,000.
So, shut out the dark - turn on the light and help to give this wonderful little building the bright illumination it deserves - both now and for the future!
In a small, wooded churchyard adjoining the 18th manor house of Preston Manor, now part of Royal Pavilion and Museum Trust, Brighton, this simple 13th century flint church makes a pleasing medieval contrast with its suburban surroundings.
St Peter's is notable mainly for the substantial area of 13th century wall paintings that survived a disastrous fire in 1906. The surviving three paintings depict the Nativity, the Martyrdom of St Thomas of Canterbury, and St Michael weighing souls.
Listed Grade 2*, St Peter's remains a consecrated building in the care of The Churches Conservation Trust, which looks after over three hundred historically and architecturally important churches including seven in Sussex.
The Friends of St Peter's was formed in 2006 with the aim to support The Churches Conservation Trust in its care, preservation, maintenance and management of St Peter's.