St Nicholas’ Church Wickham
We are a warmly welcoming ancient place of worship open from dawn to dusk. Sunday Services are 8am Holy Communion (traditional language) every Sunday; 10am Family Communion on the first Sunday with Sung Evensong at 6pm; 10am Parish Communion on the second and fourth Sunday, Quiet Time on the third Sunday, Matins on any fifth Sunday and Messy Church once a month on the second Thursday in term time only.
Weddings and Baptisms are by arrangement with the clergy.
There is disabled parking in the car park behind St Nicholas, via B2177 Southwick Road and a level path from the car park to the West door, which has ramps into the church.
There is an inductive loop system for those with hearing aids.
We have a disabled toilet in the Church Room.
The organ loft and the bell-ringing chamber are reached by a steep, narrow staircase and it is not suitable for people with restricted mobility.
The church dates back to the 12th century. It stands in a commanding position overlooking the junction of the A32 and B2177 roads. Much of the church is in Early English style, with some significant 13th century features. The exterior flint wall, the tower and spire, and most of the stained glass were added during the Victorian era. The church is faced mainly with flint. It was extensively altered in Victorian times, when a tower was added to the west face. The nave has pew seating for 100, and there is room for a further 75 chairs in the two transepts. There are some fine examples of Victorian stained glass windows. The Lady Chapel, enclosed by a glass screen beautifully etched by a local artist, provides a place of sanctuary for private prayer or for small gatherings. It is furnished with an altar, a votive stand and a prayer board and 25 chairs. In the south transept there is a notable monument to a former Lord of the Manor; the priest’s vestry and a small commemorative case to William of Wykeham who was born here in 1324.
The churchyard has very few grave spaces remaining but contains a Garden of Remembrance for the interment of ashes. There is a small car park opposite the rectory.
The Church Room, with kitchen and toilets, is adjacent to the North Transept.
Weddings and Baptisms
Congratulations on your Engagement! For further information about the possibility of being married in our beautiful church please contact Jane Goulson, Parish Administrator on (01329) 833299 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Church of England also has a website with lots of useful information and help to make the decisions you need to:
Here are some answers to the questions we are often asked about baptisms at St Nicholas, Wickham.