The church of St Laurence was founded in Saxon times, it’s towers, pierced with tiny round-headed windows, must have been built after the Norman Conquest.
Between the north aisle and the chapel that leads out of it, is an architectural rarity – an ornate Transitional arch – making the transition from Norman to early-English style.
Olive Brockwell the most famous of all nannies, who was immortalised as Alice by A.E.Milne (Changing guards at Buckingham Palace, Christopher Robin went down with Alice) was buried in Guestling. An inscription paid for by Christopher Milne (the original Christopher Robin) explains who she was.
From the churchyard there are wide-ranging views, south to Fairlight church, and east to the restored smock mill at Icklesham.
The Vicar of Westfield and Guestling , The Rev Robert Mulford is now in post and resides at Westfield Vicarage with his wife Susan and son Ciaran.
Reverend Robert Mulford
Westfield Church and St Laurence Guestling
Westfield Vicarage, Westfield, TN35 4SD Tel : 01424 751029
Guestling and Westfield Benefice website: www.westfieldchurch.co.uk/st-laurence-guestling/
Please contact reverend Joy Collins – firstname.lastname@example.org
Services at St Laurence
Normal Pattern of Services
All at 11 a.m. Unless Otherwise Notified
1st Sunday – Morning Prayer
2nd Sunday – Parish Communion
3rd Sunday – Morning Praise
4th Sunday – Parish Communion
Where there is a fifth Sunday, there will be a Joint Benefice Communion Service with St John the Baptist Westfield.
The venue for these Benefice Communion services will alternate between Westfield and Guestling.
Choir practices will be held at St Laurence every Thursday starting at 7 p.m. unless otherwise notified. New singers are always welcome.