The West Sussex Town of Steyning
Most of our concerts take place in St. Andrew & St. Cuthman's Church, Steyning, pictured here on the right.

Steyning is first mentioned in the legend of St. Cuthman who is said to have settled here and founded the town's first church sometime before the 9th century and whose shrine became a resort for piligrms.

We have placed a few shots of Steyning in the picture gallary on the right, to give you a flavour of the ancient town.

Steyning is a small town nestling in the middle of extraordinarily beautiful Sussex weald and downland; it is within half an hour's car journey from Brighton, Lewes, Arundel, Worthing and Horsham. A well-resourced town with a cheerful, vibrant community, Steyning is very rich in historical and literary associations.

Its old streets are full of timber-framed buildings, its Norman church contains some of the best Romanesque architecture in England and in the legends of Saint Cuthman (c750AD) it has a unique record in the South East of the conversion of a Saxon community.

It is the perfect place to explore the downs and weald of central Sussex overlooked by the famous Chanctonbury Ring. The area abounds in lanes and footpaths linking downs, river and small hamlets, many with ancient churches and small inns.

Unfortunately, virtually nothing recognisable survives from the Saxon period: after the Norman conquest, the church came into the care of the monks of Fecamp Abbey in France, who rebuilt the church in romanesque style between the late 11th and mid 12th centuries.

Steyning is on the very edge of the South Downs National Park which is made up of hundreds of square miles of woodland, rolling chalk uplands and river valleys across Sussex and Hampshire. This very picturesque area of the country offers a wide range of activities including walking, cycling, horse riding, paragliding and so on.
Click on this link to learn more about this area of Southern England.