St Peter

Selsey was an island when the Christian missionary St Wilfrid landed there in the 6th century and the monastery he founded was an important Christian centre.

Selsey, Sussex

Opening times

Open daily.


St Peter's Crescent
PO20 0NP

The early history of Christianity around Selsey is hazy, partly because coastal erosion has changed the shape of this low lying promontory over the years.

Church Norton, northeast of Selsey village on the edge of Pagham Harbour, was the site of a medieval church, but by the 19th century this was not the population centre and a new church was needed. In 1865, the architect JP St Aubyn undertook a project that entailed moving the entire nave of the old church, and this became St Peter's: hence the 12th and 13th century arcades.

The font is also Norman. The chancel remains where it was, and is now known as St Wilfrid's Chapel. It is in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Social heritage stories

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Captivating architecture

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Parking within 250m

  • On street parking at church

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Dog friendly

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • Church of England

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