Bloomsbury at Berwick


Introduction to the Berwick Murals

Berwick Church is a Grade 1 listed building. It is built on what may well be a pre-Christian sacred site from which there are magnificent views of the South Downs.

Details of opening times and of how to find the church can be found here. Entry to the church is free.

The church is most well known for the extensive 20th Century murals which cover the nave walls, chancel arch, screen and pulpit. These were painted during the Second World War by the Bloomsbury artists, Duncan Grant, Vanessa Bell and Quentin Bell.

Every year thousands of ‘Bloomsbury Pilgrims’ who have visited Charleston Farmhouse - the home and country meeting place for the writers, painters and intellectuals known as the ‘Bloomsbury Group’ - take the opportunity to visit the wonderful murals painted at Berwick.

This part of our benefice website contains details and on-line galleries of all the murals and paintings at Berwick - including pictures of the artists at work and their preliminary sketches and models. Just click on the links to the left to view them.

Visiting Groups

Berwick Church welcomes visiting groups and offers a guided talk by prior arrangement. Please click here for details of costs. Our Visitor Coordinator for Berwick church is Mrs Linda Hallums - Tel. 01323 896008. She can also give advice on coach parking and places to eat locally. Send an email

Other Bloomsbury Sites of Interest

Charleston

As mentioned above, Charleston was the home and country meeting place of the ‘Bloomsbury Group’. The interior was painted by the artists Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell, and together with their collection forms a unique example of their decorative style.
Further details can be found here.

The Monk’s House

The Monk’s House is a tranquil 17th Century weatherboarded cottage at nearby Rodmell, lived in by ‘Bloomsbury Group’ members Leonard and the novelist Virginia Woolf from 1919 until Leonard's death in 1969. It is owned by the National Trust.
Further details can be found here.

British Art at Home

A full day tour of exciting and personal insights into the lives, art and homes of the Bloomsbury group at Charleston and the Surrealists at Farley Farm House. Tours available on Thursdays from April to October and include lunch at the local Cricketer’s pub in Berwick.
Further details can be found here.

Further Information

For further general information about Charleston and Bloomsbury, please click on the following links:

Tate Gallery - Berwick Church Murals, 1940-42 (1)
Tate Gallery - Berwick Church Murals, 1940-42 (2)
Bloomsbury in Sussex: Berwick Church


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Copyright Notice

Works reproduced in this website by Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell are copyright © of the Estate of Vanessa Bell 1961
and the Estate of Duncan Grant 1978, courtesy of Henrietta Garnett, and are reproduced by kind permission.

Works by Quentin Bell are copyright © and reproduced by kind permission of Mrs Olivia Bell.

Butterfly Pulpit Detail by Duncan Grant

Please note:
Berwick church will be
closed to the public
all day on
Friday 19 September