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Abbeys and Religious Buildings in Sussex

We are attempting to list all places where photographers can photograph Abbeys and Religious buildings within the UK, by county. This is the start of a list that will both grow over time and hopefully we will be able to add more columns or information. This same information is also available in alphabetical order.

Where the names in the first column is hyperlinked this links to a Location page with more information on this site and over time more of these will be added, we will be delighted if some of you would like to also produce location pages.

Codes Used on this page

Wiki=Wikipedia  EH=English Heritage  NT=National Trust  PEH=Pastscape  F.=Founded  Dis.=Dissolved

Condition: [A] First rate example; [B] Major Remains; [C] Identifiable Remains; [D] Modest Remains;
[E] Little Surviving


Alt. Name * [Formal Name / dedication]

Location Grid
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Communities & history [condition]

Arundel Friary


5051′15″N 033′09″W / 50.8540146, -0.552476


Dominican friars 13thC-1538

Arundel Priory

[The Parish and Priory Church of Saint Nicholas, Arundel]

5051′21″N 033′26″W / 50.8557857, -0.5571324 *TQ0107


alien priory * secular canons -1177 * Benedictine 1177-1380 * Collegiate 1387-1544 [E]

Atherington Priory


5047′56″N 034′46″W / 50.7989677, -0.5792928


Benedictine cell

Battle Abbey

[The Abbey Church of the Holy Trinity, Saint Mary and Saint Martin]


Wiki * PEH * EH

Benedictine monks * fd. 1094; * dis. 1538 [D]

Bayham Abbey


TQ6436 * Sussex/Kent border

Wiki * EH * PEH

Premonstratensian Canons (from Otham) 1208-1525 (EH)

Black Friars, Winchelsea

[The Priory Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Winchelsea]



Dominican Friars 1358-1538

Boxgrove Priory

[The Priory Church of Saint Mary, Boxgrove]

5051′36″N 042′39″W / 50.8599966, -0.7109034 * SU9007

Wiki * EH

secular canons -1066 * Benedictine 1105-1536 * part of church now in parochial use [C]

Calcetto Priory, * Lyminster

Pynham Priory * [The Priory Church of Saint Bartholemew, Pynham * (also, temporarily) The Priory Church of Saint Bartholemew and Saint Thomas of Canterbury, Pynham]

5050′51″N 032′45″W / 50.8474629, -0.5457249 *TQ0107


Augustinian Canons Regular 1150 [E]

Chichester Cathedral Priory

[The Cathedral and Priory Church of the Holy Trinity, Chichester]

5050′11″N 046′51″W / 50.836366, -0.780695 * SU8605


secular canons 1075 * diocesan cathedral 1075-present [C]

Cittaviveka Chithurst Buddhist Monastery [monastic], Petersfield




Buddhist: Theravada affiliated with English Sangha Trust

Crawley Monastery [monastic]

[The Monastery of the Holy Trinity, Crawley Down, Crawley]




Dureford Abbey

Durford Abbey


Wiki * PEH

Premonstratensian Canons from Welbeck ante1183

Eastbourne Priory [Reused] [Church Use]


5059′42″N 043′33″W / 50.9950335, -0.7258487 * TQ8922


Augustinian nuns 1238 * claustral remains incorporated into house * restored frater now in parish use [D]

Friary of St Anthony, Rye

[The Friary Church of Saint Anthony of Padua]



Franciscan Friars

Friary of the Sack, Rye




Friars of the Sack

Greyfriars, Chichester


5050′21″N 046′36″W / 50.8392401, -0.7765907


Franciscan Friars

Greyfriars, Winchelsea




Franciscan Friars * fd. ante1253; * dis. 1538

Hardham Priory




Augustinian Canons Regular F.1248 Dis.1534 [E]

Hassocks Priory [monastic] * Sayers Common, Hassocks

[The Priory Church of Our Lady of Good Counsel]



Canonesses Regular of Windesheim

Hastings Priory

[The Priory Church of the Holy Trinity, Hastings]



Augustinian Canons Regular 12thC-1413 * physically moved inland to Warbleton due to encroachment of the sea

Langney Priory




Cluniac monks

Lewes Priory




Cluniac monks 1077 [E]

Lyminster Priory

[The Priory Church of Saint Mary Magdalene, Lyminster * (now The Parish Church of St Mary Magdalene)]



Benedictine nuns or canonesses * alien priory, a cell of Almeneches Abbey [D]

Michelham Priory

[The Priory Church of the Holy Trinity, Michelham]


Wiki * Geograph

Augustinian 1229-1536 * remains incorporated into a mansion * now in ownership of Sussex Archaeological Society [E]

New Hastings Priory, * Warbleton

[The Priory Church of the Holy Trinity, Hastings]



Augustinian Canons Regular 1413-c.1536 * moved from Hastings * now in private ownership without public access

Otham Abbey, * Polegate




Premonstratensian Canons 1175-1208 * (trns to Bayham) 1208

Our Lady of England Priory, Storrington [monastic]




Premonstratensian priory and parish church

Poling Preceptory


5050′27″N 030′52″W / 50.8409441, -0.5144316 * TQ0405


Knights Hospitaller [E]

Robertsbridge Abbey




Cistercian monks trns from Salehurst * fd. c.1250; * dis. 1538 * site now occupied by a private house without public access [E]

Runcton Priory




Benedictine monks * alien priory, cell of Troarn Abbey * made over to Bruton Priory in Somerset

Rushlake Priory

Warbleton Priory and New Priory of Hastings [Augustinian Priory of the Holy Trinity]



Augstinian Priory. F. 1413. Dis. 1536. Remains incorporated in farmhouse and buildings

Rusper Priory




Benedictine nuns

Rye Austin Friary



PEH(1) * PEH(2)

Augustinian Friars F.1378 Dis. 1538. Remains friary chapel, now called The Monastery (pottery workshop) [D]

Saddlescombe Preceptory




Knights Templar

Salehurst Abbey




Cistercian monks from Boxley 1176-c.1250 * trns to Robertsbrige c.1250

Sele Friary




Carmelite Friars

Sele Priory




Benedictine monks

Shipley Preceptory




Knights Templar

Shulbrede Priory


5103′42″N 045′03″W / 51.0616776, -0.7509381 * SU8729


Augustinian * site now occupied by private house with limited public access [E]

Sompting Preceptory


5050′19″N 021′07″W / 50.838606, -0.351821


Knights Hospitallers





Premonstratensian Canons. Mother house of returned Priory Cell F.1872 [A]

Tortington Priory




Augustinian Canons Regular * remains now in a farmyard [D]

Wilmington Priory [Church Use]




Benedictine monks, alien house of Grestein Priory c.1243-1414 * site now occupied by parish church [C]

Winchelsea Greyfriars




Franciscan Friary F. 1269. Destroyed by sea 1288. New site occupied and Dis 1538. Ruins in garden in Hastings Road.

Withyham Priory




Alien house of Mortain Priory * fd. 1249; * dis. 1413

Worth Abbey [monastic] * Turners Hill, Crawley

[The Abbey Church of Our Lady Help of Christians, Worth]



Benedictine monks (from Downside) Priory 1933-1957 * Abbey 1957-present [A]


See Also:

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