St Andrews - at the heart of Tangmere
12th Century Construction
History of St Andrew's Tangmere
Records show there has been a church dedicated to St Andrew in Tangmere since 680 AD, shortly after St Wilfrid brought Christianity to Sussex.
The present building dates from the early 12th Century. A modest extension was added to form the sanctuary in the 13th Century and it had a gallery which was removed when the considerable renovation was carried out. In spite of these renovations the Church building today still stands as a simple country church, essentially as it was in medieval times.
St Andrews was restored in 1845, with further adjustments in 1924, the 1980s and after the 2003 lightning strike. This led to major refurbishment of the floor, replacement of the Victorian pews and restoration of the stained glass windows. More recently, a Victorian storeroom was extended and turned into a small kitchen and wheelchair accessible toilet.
Features of Interest
Inside the church
In the churchyard
There are a number of Allied and German war graves in the churchyard with a fascinating history
There are graves from RAF Tangmere from before and after WW2 as well as those who gave their lives during the war. Please feel free to come and look round. We are undertaking a project to research each person and to share a little about them and how they came to be buried at St Andrew's. A booklet is available from the church. If you would like a copy sent to you, please let us know using the contact form.