St Laurence Church with a Lecture series at the University of Sussex, concerts, art exhibitions, flower festival and the Falmer Nativity, which was toured through the village.
Although there has been a church in the village of Falmer since before the Norman conquest the current church was 200 years old in 2017. Have a read of a small history of the church below.
Despite its position on the edge of Brighton, near two universities and a main road, Falmer retains much of the feel of the Downland village it once was, with church and cottages grouped round a pond. Much of the land belonged to the Earls of Chichester, who lived at Stanmer close by, and the two livings have been connected since 1835. The Domesday Book records a church , though nothing of that shown in the Sharpe Collection drawing (1802) can be dated with any certainty. It had a low south aisle and a boarded belfry with a shingled cap. The chancel is said to have fallen down before 1586, which must explain a massive buttress against the east wall of the nave. According to the VCH , the nave was C12 or C13, but all the windows visible in the Sharpe drawing are post-Reformation in character.
Did you know??
In 1815 the churchwardens at Falmer borrowed £300 to rebuild the church at Falmer from the Earl of Chichester.