Monday, 21 January 2008

Preston Park & St Peters Church

Most visitors to Brighton and probably all residents have found themselves in beautiful Preston Park - whether for Pride Day, playing sport, walking the dog, jogging, or just a relaxing stroll in the sun. When you're next there, check out St Peter's, the little medieval church tucked away in its atmospheric churchyard next door to Preston Manor. This is a place which has a big romantic significance for a lot of people, because so many people got married here.

Since last April St Peter's has been opened every day from 11-3 (and often for longer) by the Friends of St Peter's -- and they've been amazed by how many love stories they've been told about. It's not just visitors from the UK either: former GIs and Canadians have been thrilled to discover they can once again stand in front of the altar where they pledged their vows sixty years ago. Yes, there's definitely something very special about this little medieval church, with its faded wall paintings and richly decorated Victorian chancel.

In fact, The Friends have been so touched by the romantic stories they've been told that they've decided to have a special weekend dedicated to lovers. Did YOU get married at St Peter's? Then come back to see it again on the weekend of 29th June 2008, when there will be special events including the first church service celebrated at the church since it was declared redundant. It's now safe and sound in the hands of the Churches Conservation Trust and the Friends of St Peter's - and there are lots of other events going on here as well as the Romantic Reunion Weekend.

Francis Hurd
Churches Conservation Trust
St Peters, Preston Old Church

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