top of page
_D8E0993 E view in nave.jpg


In about 1017, soon after his marriage to Emma of Normandy, King Canute granted a land called 'Rammesleah' to the Abbey at Fecamp in Normandy.


Construction of the present church in around 1180 was probably funded by the Abbott of Fecamp.


Until 1413 Brede remained under the domination of the Abbey and the parish was served by its Benedictine monks until 'alien' (foreign) priories were dissolved buring the reign of King Henry VIII.


The name of the village is first found in a charter of c1030 and comes from Olde English 'bredu' meaning breadth' referring to the wide river to the south.


The River Brede later took its name from the village.


The Church is dedicated to St. George, probably a soldier martyred in Palestine in the early 4th century.


Besides also being Patron Saint of England he is remembered above all for the legend of 'St. George and the Dragon'.


There is a window dedicated to him at the west end of the north aisle and a statue near the altar in the church.


Very little of the earlier Norman building remains and the structure of the Church developed over a period of some 400 years from the 12th century onwards.


From the exterior, much of what one sees is 15th century architecture. The walls were built of local sandstone and ironstone.  High on a buttress near the porch is a brass sundial dated 1826.


The view of the Brede valley and the hills beyond is magnificent.

C35 Brede church summer 1983 17mm lens.jpg


  • The promotion of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to the doctrines and practices of the Church of England.

  • Promoting the whole mission of the church, pastoral, social, evangelical and ecumenical.

  • To know Jesus better and make Him better known.

  • Facilitating putting faith into practice through prayer, scripture and sacrament.

  • Reaching out to the un-churched through the provision of Messy Church.

  • Practical support and care for people in the parish, from the youngest to the oldest, irrespective of level of need or ability to pay.

  • Providing financial support to those in need and to other organisations with similar objectives.

  • Fulfilling the above so that we may enable as many people as possible to worship at our church, and become part of our parish community.

  • Involving the community through our Easter, Harvest, Remembrance and Christmas celebrations.

  • Maintaining the fabric of the church building as an historic centre and focus of life in the village.

bottom of page