St Clement, (Hastings)




A Church Near You (Church of England site for this church).


Swan Terrace/High Street, Hastings, East Sussex.

Grid reference: 582400, 109670, View on: Google Maps, Open Street Map, Streetmap, National Library of Scotland Map or Oldmaps.


Church of England Clergy Database.


Earliest Register: 1558.


There are 9448 baptisms in the OPC database.

IGI Batches: C041241 (1558 ~ 1724); E041241 (1558 ~ 1724); C041242 (1724 ~ 1756); C135583 (1756 ~ 1881); C135584 (1786 ~ 1805); C135586 (1806 ~ 1817); C135587 (1817 ~ 1828); C135588 (1828 ~ 1840); C041243 (1869 ~ 1880).


There are no burials in the OPC database.

No burial IGI batches known.


There are 2 marriages in the OPC database.

IGI Batch: M041241 (1558 ~ 1724).

Monumental inscriptions:

There are no monumental inscriptions in the OPC database.


The old Roughwood Churches Album has images and notes about this church.

There are 13 images of this church in the OPC database.

Building information:

Built: Unknown or not given.

Current use: Worship.

Harrison's description (1911):

PARISH CHURCH OF ST. CLEMENTS. The present fine Perp. church stands on the site of an earlier building, destroyed by the French in 1378, excepting a portion of walls and the lower part of the tower. At the end of 14th c. Wm. de Lynda built the new church, which stands as a monument to his memory, although it has suffered at the hands of Puritans, invaders, and restorers. In 1849 - 55 restorations were made, and again under W. Butterfield in 1874-5. The sedilia with four seats are reproductions of the old work. The fine reredos is modern.

Note: the width of the church, its slope at W. end, the position of tower at W. end of S. aisle; the fine tower arches and capitals; the splendid octagonal font (Perp.), sculptured with the Instruments of the Passion - on W., the Cross and Crown of Thorns; N., Scourging Post and Scourges; E., Lantern on a pole, ladder and St. Peter's sword; S. Reed and Spear crossed; on the small shields, Hammer, Pincers and Cock.

In S. aisle are two piscinæ; in N. aisle low-side window, with stained glass in memory of Viscount Chewton, killed at Alma. There are three brasses, all with figures missing - Thomas Weekes, 1563, robed as priest; John Barley, 1601; the third dated 1606. Among the monuments is one to Thomas Delves, 1669, and another to John Collier, 1760. There are two stoups, one in choir vestry, the other outside the tower; an incised cross-slab with fleur-de-lis, at W. end of nave; 15th c. crypt, used as sacristy. Note the niches in pillars next to E. end, where the rood beam was fitted.

In the massive tower are embedded two cannon balls, one fired by a Dutch man-of-war or privateer, the second placed there in the 18th century to please the æsthetic taste of the inhabitants.

The curfew is rung from Michaelmas to Lady Day, except on November 5th, and from Christmas to Twelfth Night. The register dates from 1558, and has been well preserved.


There is 1 document concerning this church in the OPC database.


There are no books about this church in the Sussex OPC Bibliography.

There are 2 articles about this church in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Collections Index.

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