Welcome to Project 16, a new phase in the 800 year history of St Nicolas Church. In 2016 we are celebrating the 800th anniversary of the completion of our parish church, a place of worship that has been in constant use in nine centuries. St Nicolas’ is the oldest building in Pevensey still in use for its original purpose. Only the castle is older, and it’s a long time since that was last used as a fortress. See below for a little of the church’s history
2016 was a busy year: not only did we celebrate St Nicolas’ 800th Anniversary year, we also did a lot of fundraising. And the good news is that the Heritage Lottery Fund agreed our application for funds and just before Christmas we received a grant of ; bringing our total raised so far to £175,000 by the end of the year. This was achieved by a lot of hard work and the organising of a series of events, particularly concerts, some of international status, by George Stephens. At the last concert of the year George was presented with a new painting of the church, painted and donated by “Cobbybrook”, as a public gesture of thanks’ for his efforts and success.
We have already received the necessary consent from the Diocese of Chichester to carry out all the works planned and we are expecting to start the work on the chancel roof during February, Any news about the project will be posted on our FaceBook page, which you can access by clicking the F button in the right margin of this page. There will also be frequent reports on Twitter @StNicolas800
While we’ve come a long way towards the target for the Restoration project, we still have to raise £74,400 to complete the work. Having achieved considerable support from HLF we are now able to approach a number of funders who were waiting to hear our result before committing themselves to add to our fund. So our fundraiser will be busy contacting these and many other sources of finance.
At the same time a number of local events will also be organised, starting with a Barn Dance on 4th February . You’ll be able find details on the calendar page of this website
Since St Nicolas’ was built people have come here Sunday by Sunday to worship and praise God. And they still do. And all through the week there are many visitors who come into the church to pray or to meditate or to weep, to find peace or consolation, or just to admire the Early English architecture and wonder at the skill and dedication of the craftsmen who worked here all those years ago. Their work was so good that the building has needed very little alteration during its history.
This gravestone, still visible in our churchyard, is dated 1610, about the time that Baron De La Warr, ancestor of our Patron, landed in Jamestown VA. It is from him that the bay, the river and the state received the name Delaware.
In the late nineteenth century the tower was raised and some restoration was carried out on the roof timbers of the nave, but the general layout, and much of the roof structure of the chancel, are as they were in 1216
Externally it has shown signs of wear from the constant buffeting of the salt-laden prevailing south-westerly winds, to the extent that moisture had penetrated to the inner surface, disturbing the plaster and painted finish.
In 2007 we commissioned a major restoration of the exterior, particularly of the tower and the east and south walls, after which we were advised to allow at least five years for the masonry, (in places four feet thick), to dry out. Now we intend to proceed with a programme of restoration of the interior to culminate in the Church’s 800th anniversary. Look in our “Works” page to find out what we are going to do, and what you will be able to take part in with us.