The St Nicholas Time-Line
The St Nicholas Time-Line

Welcome to St Nicholas' Time-Line

December 2017 sees St Nicholas winning a stage II grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to deliver repairs to the East Gable and improve displays of our heritage around a St Nicholas ‘Time-Line’ theme.  This will set the history witnessed by the church and its landscape in the historical context. 

We now need to assemble our artifacts and their wider stories into a Time-Line format so that the story of England can be visualised to engage those who visit and explore our shared history at St Nicholas.

While we assemble our website, we seek your help to collect stories and links to other sources to create the launch-pad for our Time-Line Project.  In time we hope to expand these stories onto these pages.

Current themes include:

  1. Roman & Pre Roman: location within the pre Christian trade routes, the road and villas near by;
  2. Invasion by Sea: Saxon & Norman arrivals, establishment as a religious site, King Canute and the effect of sea level rise;
  3. The reformation of the Church: through Henry VIII’s dissolution and then its restoration through to George I;
  4. Preparation for the aerial warfare: the initial defence and final liberation of Europe;
  5. The keeping of the peace: Thorney Island’s role across the globe, the Vietnamese Boat People and the BAOR return - witnessing lessons from history.  


If you want your story to be part of our Time-Line, or just want to help us in this project, then please drop us an email to:


14 December 2017

St Nicholas lies with the Parish of  Southbourne with West Thorney

We are an active Church of England congregation meeting every Sunday morning at 10:30.   Please feel free to join us.

You can contact us c/o

St Nicholas Time-Line

The Parish Office

St Johns Church Centre

Stein Road



PO10 8LB

  Contributions to our Time Line Project can be addressed: 

To The Parish Office 

or by email to:

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