St Bartholomew

St Bartholomew's, known as Bart's, is a lively, informal, evangelical church whose worship is inspiring, joyful and uplifting, always giving glory to Jesus.

Horley, Surrey

Opening times

We regret that St Bart’s is not usually open outside of worship except for special events. Please visit our website or contact us to arrange a visit.


Church Road

St Bartholomew's church has a steep history dating back more than 800 years. We have many visitors drawn to the church building purely for historic interest. People have come especially to see the memorials to past warden Henry Webber and the unique collection of medieval graffiti on the walls.

A church has been on the Church Road site since the middle of the 12th century, although the present building is mainly of 14th century origin. The church was heavily restored in the early 1880s, with the south aisle added in the early 1900s, as shown in this picture taken from the southwest of the church. Its most notable external feature is its narrow wood-shingled bell turret and spire. More recently, in 1991, the upper rooms were added next to the bell tower. The church uses these for Sunday children's groups, prayer time and for meetings.

The church is closely associated with the Salaman family, who are said to have erected the north aisle as their burial place in around 1315.  At the east end of the north aisle lies a fine life-size Reigate stone effigy of a knight of this family.  The Bart's organ was built by Bishop and Son of London some time in the late 1800s. Originally a single keyboard instrument, it was located in gallery at the back of the North Aisle. When the South Aisle was built in 1900, it was enlarged and now it has two keyboards.

Horley stalwart Henry Webber (1849-1916) was a church warden at St Bart's church. He was a founding member of what is now Horley Town Council and Surrey County Council. At aged 67, he is thought to be the oldest man to die on The Somme in the First World War. He was determined to join his sons on the Front Line inspite of his age. As you come into the church there are some wooden rood screens on the right, which were erected in his memory. They were once positioned between the nave and altar area. In 2016 Horley Town Council installed a permanent memorial to him in Horley Memorial Gardens. He went beyond the call of duty for his town, county, country and his church.

The church containone of the largest collections of graffiti in Surrey. The usual symbols are well represented (such as circles and crosses); some of the most interesting examples are to be found on the piers in the nave, including a shield-shaped face with headgear, two crowns and at least three other figures and faces. A fine text inscription reads  'hic iacet [ot?] [orthome?] Saloman' which means 'Here lies Saloman', a neat alignment with the history of the church as a place of burial for the Salaman family. The door jambs and window frames in the north porch (left) are densely covered with graffiti, with many initials and dates from the late 17th century. The east jamb of the door bears an unusual, deep graffito that appears to be an unfinished carving of a traceried window.

  • Captivating architecture

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Wildlife haven

  • Accessible toilets in church

  • Car park at church

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Non-accessible toilets in church

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Wifi

  • Every Sunday there is a traditional Holy Communion service at 8am. Then at 10:30am a morning praise service with children's groups or activities provided. All Age Worship is held on a second Sunday and Holy Communion on the third.

  • As well as sharing tea and coffee after each service, we hold bring and share lunches, family focussed garden parties, charity coffee mornings, quizzes, Harvest suppers and a Seder meal on Maundy Thursday. We also have a thriving Women's and Men's Ministry. For young families there is a weekly Tots and Toys drop in for parents, carers and their little ones on a Monday morning in term time. We have strong links with the community, hosting events including flower festivals, concerts and talks by the Horley History Society.

  • See our website for other events and services.

  • Church of England

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