St. Mark the Evangelist Church

The congregation of St Marks will be delighted for you to join them for worship or to visit the church. We have a weekly Sunday service, usually at 9.00am, as well as special services for festivals.  Full details on our website. The church has strong links with the village school, and children are very welcome at all services, with especially family-orientated services on the second and fourth Sundays of the month.  To arrange baptisms, weddings or funerals, contact the Rector.

Charity Reg. No. 1130925
Activity Address St. Mark the Evangelist Church, Main Road, Hadlow Down
St.Mark’s Church Wardens
Janet Tourell.
Valerie Banks.
Keith Edwards.
Contact us  –

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Address The Rectory, Church Road, Buxted, Uckfield, Sussex  TN22 4LP
Telephone 01825 733103
Mobile 07391028947
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St. Mark’s Works of Art

Can anyone cast light on what happened to the beautiful paintings by the notable British Pre-Raphaelite painter Edward Fellowes Prynne that were originally part of the High Altar in St. Mark’s Church?
They seem to have been replaced with infill panels of a green patterned wallpaper!
Please email if you can help with any information as to the whereabouts of these valuable works of art
Edward Fellowes Prynne’s original altar paintings.
Current replacements.

Edward Arthur Fellowes Prynne

Edward Arthur Fellowes Prynne (1854–1921) was a leading British late Pre-Raphaelite painter of portraits and subject pictures, who in later life became one of the country’s best known creators of decorative art for churches. Examples of his work can be found in our own village church of St. Mark the Evangelist.

In 1913 the Hadlow Down church was in essential need of re-building, a project that was duly completed and the church subsequently re-consecrated. The re-building work had been gifted to the parish by local benefactor Mr. Charles Lang Huggins, J.P. of nearby Hadlow Grange. George Fellowes Prynne the brother of Edward Fellowes Prynne was the appointed architect of the project. Continue reading “Edward Arthur Fellowes Prynne”

Fellowes Prynne, George H. (2nd April 1853 – 27th May1927)

The Church of St. Mark the Evangelist provides an impressive first view of the village as you approach Hadlow Down from the West on the A272.  The person responsible for its present day imposing appearance is George Halford Fellowes Prynne (1853–1927) a Victorian and Edwardian English church architect, part of the High Church School of Gothic Revival Architecture.

He was born on 2 April 1853 at Wyndham Square, Plymouth, Devon, the second son of the Rev. George Rundle Prynne and Emily Fellowes.  His elder brother was the painter Edward Arthur Fellowes Prynne. He also had another brother, Albert Bernard (known as Bernard), and two sisters. His father was a well-known figure in religious circles of the time, being outspoken in his support of the revival of so-called high churchmanship in the Anglican Church and espousing the views of the Oxford Movement. Continue reading “Fellowes Prynne, George H. (2nd April 1853 – 27th May1927)”

April News from St Mark’s Church.

As I write this it’s March already, and we’re looking forward to the Spring, wondering how we missed seeing January and February pass us by!

There are plenty of signs of spring in our Churchyard.  The primroses are in bloom on the north side of the church, smiling at us as we walk down the path.  The daffodils are just waiting for this cold spell to pass over, and then they will be adorning the Churchyard in yellow. Continue reading “April News from St Mark’s Church.”

St Mark’s News for March 2023

March is here, and we look forward to all the wonderful things that Spring brings us. Spring flowers are beginning to peep through the grass in the Churchyard; lovely to see, that despite the drought of last year and the heavy rain, plants are still there, ready to greet us again. My turn-over calendar has some lovely thoughts on it, one of them says ‘God sends us presents every day. Dawn and sunset, lets face it folks, He’s crazy about us’. Continue reading “St Mark’s News for March 2023”

Services at St Mark’s during December:

Services at St Mark’s during December:

Sunday 4th December 9.00 am  – All-Age Service

Sunday 11th December 9.00 am – Parish Communion

Sunday 18th December 9.00 am  – Parish Communion

Saturday 24th December 5.30 pm – Crib Service

Sunday 25th December 9.00 am – Christmas Day Service

There are other Christmas services at St Margaret’s and St Mary’s in the Parish but I need to find out from the Rector what the timings are because this hasn’t been decided yet. I’ll let you know soon.

ST MARK’S CHURCH NEWS – December 2022

I’m writing this in early November, and I feel that Christmas is almost upon us. That time of fun, families, and conspicuous consumption, although the latter might be a little more restrained this year!

A good number of shops and garden centres started decorating in September, which I think is a bit premature; tv channels are already wallowing in Christmas-themed films about good-will to all men; always with a happy ending, and hey, Strictly Come Dancing is on again – a sure sign that Christmas is around the corner. Continue reading “ST MARK’S CHURCH NEWS – December 2022”