St John’s Church History

Eastbourne was the most bombed town on the south coast during World War 2. The tower of St John’s Church Meads is the only remaining part of the original church left standing after the church was bombed on 4th May 1942. The ground floor of the tower is a small chapel, which houses an art deco war memorial recording the names of 69 local men who gave their lives in the service of their country during the First World War.

When the Eastbourne Through The Wars exhibition opens in 2019, the first floor of the Church Tower will also be open to the public and will house a multimedia display as part of an interactive heritage exhibition.