Last summer my daughter, Cheryl and I set off for East Sussex to see my son. On the way Cheryl asked if we could make a diversion to see a church, the very ornate spire of which was visible as we passed by on the A228. That diversion led us to discover St Lawrence’s in the delightful village of Mereworth.


The church is very unusual architecturally, having been built by the local ‘Lord of the Manor’ in the mid eighteenth century, after the original church, located close to the Manor House, was demolished to make way for developments.


 The church, that has some beautiful and unusual stained glass windows, is well worth a visit in its own right, but it has a very special added attraction in the summer that should not be missed!


Most Sunday afternoons during July and August, the ladies of St Lawrence’s serve  the most delicious Cream Teas from a Pavilion in the grounds at the rear of the church. The selection of home-made cakes, scones and pavlova’s is mouth wateringly tempting, almost to the point of being sinful. As for the prices, I guarantee you will be presently surprised; all this and in beautiful peaceful surroundings.



Close to Mereworth is the village of East Peckham, a delightfully English village with little more than a church, pub and village green to accompany the houses. Go on the right weekend and you will have a chance to visit the village fete, where stalls of all kinds vie for your attention along with the classic cars on display and you can visit their very early church.


Without doubt a grand day out (well, afternoon anyway) for the summer; a great place to visit after the Sunday morning service if you get the chance.


Paul Underhill



A Grand Day Out