Christ Church with St Philip

Victorian gothic church, designed by a Benjamin Ferrey, a pupil and biographer of Augustus Pugin.

Eastbourne, Sussex

Opening times

For anyone wishing to look around the church, it is always open on Tuesdays 10.30am to 12noon and
Wednesdays 9am to 12noon.


BN22 7NN

Christ Church was consecrated by the 70th Bishop of Chichester in 1859. Built in the Gothic revival style, it was designed by architect Benjamin Ferrey, a pupil and biographer of Augustus Pugin.

The chancel has five tall lancet Te Deum windows filled with Clayton and Bell stained glass, begun in April 1880 and completed in 1884.

The central window is in memory of Queen Victoria’s daughter Princess Alice, who worshipped at Christ Church whenever staying in Eastbourne, taking a great interest in the parish, visiting the Day and Sunday Schools and the poor in their homes. Her great grandson, Prince Philip of Greece is married to Queen Elizabeth II.

Another notable worshipper was author Lewis Carroll, who used the church during his regular visits to the town, helped with the Sunday School, and once preached from the pulpit. It is recorded in the church registers that he rented a pew solely for his top hat, so that he could be certain that it would not be accidentally sat upon during the service!

The church has a beautiful Memorial Chapel, built after WWI, containing memorials to those within the parish who gave their lives for King and country. Just yards from the sea, Christ Church has had a long association with fishermen and the RNLI.

Following the closure and subsequent demolition of the neighbouring St Philip's Church in 2004, the parishes officially merged in 2009 to become Christ Church with St Philip. There are now a number of items from St Philip's at Christ Church, including vestments, silverware, and a beautifully carved lectern, which now stands close to the High Altar and is used at Evensong and for special services.

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Famous connections

  • Captivating architecture

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Level access throughout

  • Dog friendly

  • Car park at church

  • Bus stop within 100m

  • Accessible toilets in church

  • Coffee Mornings every Wednesday 9.30am to 11.30am.

  • Knit and Natter every Tuesday from 10.30am.

  • Regular organ and piano recitals, visit website for latest information .

  • Church of England

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