St Peter's Church

It is very fitting that the church of this scattered and sparsely populated parish should be dedicated to St. Peter, the fisherman, who was to become one of the first leaders of the Christian church (often symbolised by a ship), the faith which this building has proclaimed for nine hundred years.


The church stands in a picturesque churchyard, with Church Hall (given by Edward the Confessor to Westminster Abbey in 1065) for company, at the end of the road. There is a pleasant view westwards towards Canewdon's hilltop tower. The church's grey stone walls have great character and antiquity and, although quite small, it is a building of some dignity. Like all medieval churches, it is unique and has an atmosphere of it's own which has been moulded by centuries of care and use.

There was a church here before the Norman Conquest and the Normans probably re-built it, (as they did many Saxon churches), using their own more advanced style of architecture. The three small round-headed windows on the north side of the church are doubtless 19th century replacements of decayed originals and there is little reason to doubt that the core of the chancel is Norman (11th century).*

This link will take you to the BBC website, there you will find an article on Paglesham Church from the BBC Sacred Places series.

*Taken from notes for visitors, St.Peter's Church, Paglesham