List of demolished places of worship in West Sussex

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The town-centre site of Bognor Regis's former parish church, St John the Baptist's, has been occupied by shops since the church was demolished in 1972.

In the English county of West Sussex, many former chapels, churches and other places of worship have been demolished without direct replacement. Declining congregations, structural problems, commercial redevelopment, vandalism and many other reasons have contributed to the loss of about 70 buildings across the county. Major towns such as Bognor Regis, Littlehampton, Worthing and the cathedral city of Chichester have each lost several religious buildings, while former chapels have also been removed in rural hamlets such as Copsale, Iping Marsh and South Mundham.

Details of all places of public worship which have been completely demolished without direct replacement on the same site are recorded here. Private, hospital, school, prison and similar chapels are excluded, as are former churches which are ruinous but still extant—such as the derelict building in Bedham which functioned as the hamlet's church and school.[1] Buildings demolished to allow a new church to be constructed on the same site are also excluded; but if a church was pulled down and a replacement was built on a different site, as at Chichester (St Richard's Church)[2] and Burgess Hill (the Baptist church),[3] details of the old building are given.

Many churches listed here were built during the 19th century and demolished after World War II.[4] Although the government's scheme of statutory listing for buildings of special architectural and historic interest had started in the 1940s, it was—with a few exceptions—not until the late 20th century that churches and chapels of the Victorian era began to be given the protection from demolition or significant alteration which listed status confers. By 1980, nearly 80 of the approximately 600 Victorian places of worship across Sussex as a whole had been lost.[4] Many demolition-threatened buildings survived by "pure chance, combined with the laudable initiative of a few private individuals": processes to preserve former churches that were no longer required, coordinated at a denominational or local level, never developed.[5] Fewer places of worship have been lost since about 1980, as charitable bodies such as the Churches Conservation Trust, Friends of Friendless Churches and Historic Chapels Trust have become more influential and local initiatives have had more success. Nevertheless, some churches of considerable architectural merit have been lost, such as the "most distinguished modern church in Crawley" (the European-influenced St Richard's Church at Three Bridges),[6] St John the Baptist's Church in Bognor Regis ("one of the town's few distinctive buildings")[7] and the substantial St Peter's Church at Treyford, often called the Cathedral of the Downs.[8]

Demolished places of worship[edit]

Name Location District Denomination Completed Demolished Present use of site Notes Refs
Rocks Lane Baptist Chapel Balcombe
51°03′26″N 0°08′13″W / 51.0571°N 0.1369°W / 51.0571; -0.1369 (Site of former Rocks Lane Baptist Chapel, Balcombe)
Mid Sussex Baptist 1858 c. 1950 Vacant This low single-storey weatherboarded building was once a shop, but in 1858 it became a Strict Baptist chapel. Members of the chapel at nearby Cuckfield held services in Balcombe in 1845 and 1846 in a private house, and despite opposition from residents a church was founded in October 1851. The building erected at that time soon became a row of cottages, but a preacher from Brighton acquired the Rocks Lane chapel in 1858 and the congregation moved there. The cause failed in either 1914 or 1924, but the building stood for longer. It was only deregistered as a place of worship in 1970. [9][10]
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Gospel Hall Billingshurst
51°00′49″N 0°27′04″W / 51.0135°N 0.4512°W / 51.0135; -0.4512 (Site of former Gospel Hall, Billingshurst)
Horsham Plymouth Brethren 1888 1962 Residential Built for Brethren in 1888, this hall was later used by The Salvation Army and a Baptist congregation before passing to the Roman Catholic Church in 1925. It was rededicated as a church, and served the village until the new St Gabriel's Church was built on another site in 1961–62. It had a porch and roughcast walls. The remains of an arcade can still be seen attached to the outer wall of Marycot, the neighbouring house. [13][14]
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Gingers Chapel Billingshurst Horsham Congregational 1815 1868 John Croucher, the founder of the Congregational cause in Billingshurst, acquired a former officers' mess building from the Napoleonic Wars era and re-erected it as a chapel in 1815. The octagonal structure was used until 1868, when a new church (now Trinity United Reformed Church) was built elsewhere in the village. [13][16]
St Alban's Chapel Bognor Regis
50°47′13″N 0°40′02″W / 50.7870°N 0.6672°W / 50.7870; -0.6672 (Site of former St Alban's Chapel, Bognor Regis)
Arun Anglican 1793 1857 Parkland Sir Richard Hotham, the original developer of Bognor, also provided its first Anglican place of worship. In 1793 he built a chapel next to his residence, Bersted Lodge (later called Aldwick Manor). The Duke of St Albans laid the foundation stone. The chapel was granted a licence in 1797 and was used for public services thereafter, but the next owner of the house demolished it soon after buying it. [17][18]
St John the Evangelist's Church Bognor Regis
50°46′57″N 0°40′39″W / 50.7824°N 0.6775°W / 50.7824; -0.6775 (Site of former St John the Evangelist's Church, Bognor Regis)
Arun Anglican 1821 1891 Car park The predecessor to St John the Baptist's Church (also now demolished) served as Bognor's parish church between 1873 and 1882. Built speculatively by local man Daniel Wonham, it was a stucco-clad Gothic Revival building with a spacious interior. A tower was built in 1830; this survived the demolition and overlooked The Steyne until 1961, when it too was taken down. [17][18]
St John the Baptist's Church Bognor Regis
50°47′07″N 0°40′27″W / 50.7852°N 0.6741°W / 50.7852; -0.6741 (Site of former St John the Baptist's Church, Bognor Regis)
Arun Anglican 1882 1972 Commercial (Boots) Arthur Blomfield's Early English Gothic Revival church on the main London Road became the town's new parish church upon its completion in 1882. It used flint and red brick and was described as "one of the town's few distinctive buildings", although the Victoria County History of Sussex called it "uninspired". Bognor Regis had another large, central Anglican church (St Wilfrid's), and the Diocese of Chichester declared St John the Baptist's redundant on 8 June 1971. [7][17]
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St Peter's Church Bognor Regis
50°47′33″N 0°41′27″W / 50.7925°N 0.6907°W / 50.7925; -0.6907 (Site of former St Peter's Church, Bognor Regis)
Arun Anglican 1939 1997 Residential This combined hall and church building was at the junction of Gravits Lane and Frith Road within the parish of St Margaret's Church, South Bersted. It was dedicated on 23 August 1939. Planning permission for its demolition and the construction of housing on the site was granted in 1997. [20][21]
High Street Congregational Church Bognor Regis
50°47′02″N 0°40′23″W / 50.7838°N 0.6731°W / 50.7838; -0.6731 (Site of former High Street Congregational Church, Bognor Regis)
Arun Congregational 1866 1929 Commercial The Snewin Brothers of Littlehampton were responsible for this corner-site chapel in Bognor town centre. It was in the Early English Gothic Revival style, principally of flint with some stonework. The entrance was set in a porch. A larger church (now the United Reformed Church) replaced it on another site in 1930. [17][18]
Hanover Chapel Bognor Regis
50°47′06″N 0°40′29″W / 50.7849°N 0.6746°W / 50.7849; -0.6746 (Site of former Hanover Chapel, Bognor Regis)
Arun Independent 1826 1966 Commercial This stood on a road (Dorset Gardens) which has also been lost to redevelopment. It was in religious use only until 1869, after which it had many functions including a theatre. [17][18]
Wesleyan Methodist Chapel Bognor Regis
50°47′00″N 0°40′26″W / 50.7834°N 0.6738°W / 50.7834; -0.6738 (Site of former Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Bognor Regis)
Arun Methodist 1840 1980 Commercial This chapel was also in secular use for many years after being replaced by a larger building elsewhere in the town. Built in 1840 in the Classical style with a stuccoed façade, it was used for worship for 85 years, but James Withers' replacement church of 1925 superseded it. Until its demolition it was used as a garage. [17][18]
Primitive Methodist Chapel Bognor Regis
50°46′56″N 0°40′42″W / 50.7823°N 0.6783°W / 50.7823; -0.6783 (Site of former Primitive Methodist Chapel, Bognor Regis)
Arun Methodist 1876 1975 Residential This Gothic Revival-style chapel with lancet windows occupied one corner of The Steyne, a central square. It was mostly flint with some red brickwork. In 1932 it became a Plymouth Brethren Gospel Hall, and was still used by this group in 1963. [17][18]
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Burgess Hill Baptist Tabernacle Burgess Hill
50°57′22″N 0°07′58″W / 50.9560°N 0.1327°W / 50.9560; -0.1327 (Site of former Burgess Hill Baptist Church, Burgess Hill)
Mid Sussex Baptist 1894 1970 Commercial (Lidl) E.J. Hamilton designed this church in 1894. The congregation moved to a new building on Station Road in 1965, when the Tabernacle was deregistered for worship, and The Martlets shopping centre development replaced the old church and its surroundings in 1970. It was a Gothic Revival building of red brick and stone. [3][23]
Chichester Congregational Church Chichester
50°50′04″N 0°46′48″W / 50.8345°N 0.7800°W / 50.8345; -0.7800 (Site of former Chichester Congregational Church, Chichester)
Chichester Congregational 1892 1980 Commercial Another building by E.J. Hamilton, this time in 1892, this was built of ragstone in the Perpendicular Gothic Revival style. One end had an apse. [2]
Christ Church Chichester
50°50′02″N 0°46′47″W / 50.8338°N 0.7797°W / 50.8338; -0.7797 (Site of former Christ Church, Chichester)
Chichester Methodist 1876 1981 Commercial (Christ Church Buildings) Like the Congregational church, this stood on South Street and was demolished in the 1980s. The two congregations joined and moved into a new church together in 1982. Alexander Lauder built the church in an Italianate Gothic Revival style in 1876 using Portland stone. The façade was gabled and had small towers. Pevsner described its string-courses as "very rude". [2][24]
Broyle Road Methodist Chapel Chichester
50°50′36″N 0°46′48″W / 50.8434°N 0.7799°W / 50.8434; -0.7799 (Site of former Broyle Road Methodist Chapel, Chichester)
Chichester Methodist 1875 1965 Residential This chapel was in religious use from 1875 until 1956. It was a flint building with red brick dressings and lancet windows. [2]
East Walls Methodist Chapel Chichester
50°50′11″N 0°46′20″W / 50.8364°N 0.7722°W / 50.8364; -0.7722 (Site of former East Walls Methodist Chapel, Chichester)
Chichester Methodist 1840 c. 1910 Commercial A brick chapel in the Vernacular style, this was opened near the city walls in 1840. [2]
St Richard's Church Chichester
50°50′03″N 0°46′47″W / 50.8341°N 0.7797°W / 50.8341; -0.7797 (Site of former St Richard's Church, Chichester)
Chichester Roman Catholic 1855 1958 Commercial Chichester's first Roman Catholic church was replaced by another with the same dedication on a different site upon its demolition in 1958. William Wardell designed the Early English Gothic Revival building in 1855. It was of flint and stone, and the west end of the roof supported a tall bellcote. [2]
Cinder Hill Mission Church Cinder Hill, Horsted Keynes Mid Sussex Anglican 1919 Vacant At a cost of £85, and with the support of Rev. F.H.D. Smythe (later an Archdeacon of Lewes), a small hut used as a wartime soldiers' church "on the [Sussex] coast" was moved to the hamlet of Cinder Hill in Horsted Keynes parish in 1919. A pre-existing Sunday school moved in, and the building was used intermittently for worship as well. [25]
St Paulinus' Church Cokeham, Sompting
50°49′57″N 0°20′09″W / 50.8326°N 0.3359°W / 50.8326; -0.3359 (Site of former St Paulinus' Church, Cokeham, Sompting)
Adur Roman Catholic 1935 1973 Residential (Hamilton Mews) A Roman Catholic church for the Sompting area was built in the Upper Cokeham suburb in 1935. Registered for marriages between 1941 and 1971, it closed in 1973 and the site was sold for residential development; worshippers joined the church at nearby Lancing. [26][27]
Mar's Hill Chapel Colgate
51°04′53″N 0°14′37″W / 51.0813°N 0.2437°W / 51.0813; -0.2437 (Site of former Mar's Hill Chapel, Colgate)
Horsham Baptist 1890 c. 1976 Residential This chapel was built for Baptists in 1890; before that, Nonconformist worshippers had to travel to Handcross or Horsham. The building was of brick and had a capacity of 100. [28]
Church of the Holy Nativity Copsale
51°00′42″N 0°19′54″W / 51.0117°N 0.3317°W / 51.0117; -0.3317 (Site of former Church of the Holy Nativity, Copsale)
Horsham Anglican 1859 c. 1965 Vacant This hamlet in the parish of Nuthurst was given a chapel of ease to the parish church in 1859. The dedication was recorded by 1895, and the red-brick Early English-style building was extended in about 1915. It closed and was pulled down in about 1965. [29][30]
Station Road Baptist Church Crawley
51°06′46″N 0°11′24″W / 51.1129°N 0.1899°W / 51.1129; -0.1899 (Site of former Station Road Baptist Church, Crawley)
Crawley Baptist 1893 c. 1944 Car park This chapel, originally ministered by an associate of Charles Spurgeon, was built of red brick and stone, and had arched windows with both round and segmental heads, an apse and a porch. Bomb damage in 1943 resulted in its demolition. A replacement building was erected in the West Green neighbourhood in 1954. [31][32]
Bethel Strict Baptist Chapel Crawley
51°06′48″N 0°11′36″W / 51.1133°N 0.1932°W / 51.1133; -0.1932 (Site of former Bethel Strict Baptist Chapel, Crawley)
Crawley Baptist 1858 2003 Commercial (Asda) Strict Baptists met in a cottage at Three Bridges from about 1810, and an 80-capacity chapel and burial ground were built on Robinson Road in 1858. Closure came in 1969, but members of the Cuckfield Baptist Church helped reopen it (as Crawley Reformed Baptist Church) in 1971. The building was stuccoed and had an entrance porch with a date-stone. [31][32]
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Trinity Congregational Church Crawley
51°06′48″N 0°11′31″W / 51.1133°N 0.1920°W / 51.1133; -0.1920 (Site of former Trinity Congregational Church, Crawley)
Crawley Congregational 1863 1962 Commercial (Asda) The first Congregational chapel on the site, on Robinson Road near the railway station, opened in 1835. This brick Early English-style church replaced it in 1863, and was used until a replacement with the same name was built in the Ifield neighbourhood in 1962. [31][32]
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St Michael's Church Durrington
50°50′24″N 0°24′11″W / 50.8401°N 0.4031°W / 50.8401; -0.4031 (Site of former St Michael's Church, Durrington)
Worthing Roman Catholic 1938 1966 Residential Durrington's Roman Catholic parish was constituted in 1927. The first chapel, on Cotswold Road, was erected in 1938. It closed and was demolished when a replacement building was put up on Hayling Rise in 1966. [36]
Providence Chapel East Grinstead
51°07′48″N 0°01′00″W / 51.1299°N 0.0167°W / 51.1299; -0.0167 (Site of former Providence Chapel, East Grinstead)
Mid Sussex Baptist 1894 c. 1967 Car park This red-brick chapel had bands and dressings of stone on the façade and was in the Early English Gothic Revival style. The cause was established by members of Forest Fold Chapel at Crowborough, and trustee James Cooper funded it. It closed before 1967. [34][37]
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Rocks Chapel East Grinstead Mid Sussex Congregational 1850 A group of seceders from the Zion Baptist Chapel embraced Congregationalism and founded this chapel. They later opened the largest Moat Chapel nearby, and the building passed to Methodists for a time. [37]
London Road Methodist Church East Grinstead
51°07′30″N 0°00′37″W / 51.1250°N 0.0104°W / 51.1250; -0.0104 (Site of former London Road Methodist Church, East Grinstead)
Mid Sussex Methodist 1881 1937 Commercial East Grinstead's first Wesleyan Methodist church was built of stone in the Decorated Gothic Revival in 1881 by S.W. Haughton. It was superseded by Trinity Methodist Church nearby. [37]
Emmanuel Church East Worthing
50°49′01″N 0°21′03″W / 50.8169°N 0.3507°W / 50.8169; -0.3507 (Site of former Emmanuel Church, East Worthing)
Worthing Anglican 1977 2008 Residential (Emmanuel Court) Diocesan Architect J.C.L. Iredell's octagonal brick church superseded the original Emmanuel Church (adjacent to the east). This prefabricated building with lancet windows and a bellcote was put up in 1911 by the brother of the vicar of St George's Church, to which Emmanuel Church was a chapel of ease. The original building became the church hall; but both were bought and demolished for a housing development. [39][40]
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Mission Hall Elsted Marsh
50°58′46″N 0°48′41″W / 50.9795°N 0.8115°W / 50.9795; -0.8115 (Site of former Mission Hall, Elsted Marsh)
Chichester Nondenominational c. 1884 c. 1971 Residential This mission hall near Elsted railway station was registered for worship in 1884. [42]
Dependants' Chapel Felpham
50°47′43″N 0°38′12″W / 50.7954°N 0.6366°W / 50.7954; -0.6366 (Site of former Dependants' Chapel, Felpham)
Arun Society of Dependants c. 1898 c. 1939 Car park This small localised sect erected an iron building on Flansham Lane for their services, which were latterly held on Wednesdays. For a time in the 1930s it was shared with Methodists until they built their permanent church in 1939. [43]
Primitive Methodist Chapel Fishbourne
50°50′08″N 0°48′37″W / 50.8355°N 0.8103°W / 50.8355; -0.8103 (Site of former Primitive Methodist Chapel, Fishbourne)
Chichester Methodist 1872 1971 Residential Fishbourne's Methodist chapel was a red-brick building with bargeboards and lancet windows. It was demolished for housing. [44]
Fishersgate Particular Baptist Chapel Fishersgate
50°49′55″N 0°13′04″W / 50.8319°N 0.2178°W / 50.8319; -0.2178 (Site of former Fishersgate Particular Baptist Chapel, Fishersgate)
Adur Baptist 1868 c. 1960 Industrial This chapel at the end of Chapel Road closed in the 1890s but still stood until the area was redeveloped for industry. [45][46]
Congregational Church Fishersgate
50°49′56″N 0°13′09″W / 50.8322°N 0.2193°W / 50.8322; -0.2193 (Site of former Congregational Church, Fishersgate)
Adur Congregational 1879 c. 1950 Industrial A building was put up on the north side of Chapel Road in 1879. Originally non-denominational, it later passed to the Congregational Church, but was superseded by a chapel behind West Street in about 1910. The building remained, though, until industrial development took place in the area. [45]
Congregational Mission Room Fishersgate
50°49′58″N 0°13′24″W / 50.8327°N 0.2232°W / 50.8327; -0.2232 (Site of former Congregational Mission Room, Fishersgate)
Adur Congregational c. 1910 2002 Vacant Apparently built to replace the old Congregational church 200 yards (180 m) away, this survived in religious use only until 1947. After that it became a community hall until its demolition. [45][47]
Mission Room Fontwell
50°51′14″N 0°38′39″W / 50.8539°N 0.6442°W / 50.8539; -0.6442 (Site of former Mission Room, Fontwell)
Arun Anglican 1930 p. 1974 Residential This Anglican mission chapel was served from St Mary's Church at Walberton. It was also used for various social activities and survived until 1974 or later despite falling out of religious use in about 1957. [48][49]
St John the Baptist's Chapel Freshfield, Horsted Keynes
51°00′48″N 0°01′51″W / 51.0132°N 0.0309°W / 51.0132; -0.0309 (Site of former St John the Baptist's Chapel, Freshfield)
Mid Sussex Anglican 1897 c. 1967 Vacant Originally known as Freshfield Mission Church, this was built at a cost of £140 on donated land in the hamlet of Freshfield, in the south of the parish of St Giles' Church, Horsted Keynes. The Archdeacon of Lewes dedicated it on 15 November 1897. In 1939 it was said to be "used for occasional services" and a Sunday school. [50]
Goring and Ferring Free Church Goring-by-Sea
50°48′54″N 0°25′59″W / 50.8150°N 0.4331°W / 50.8150; -0.4331 (Site of former Goring and Ferring Free Church, Goring-by-Sea)
Worthing Evangelical 1950 1986 Residential (Oakland Court) Described as a "plain brick hall", this was erected on Goring Street in 1950 for an Evangelical group aligned to the FIEC. The Fellowship withdrew support for the minister in 1977, resulting in the closure of the church and a High Court action. The building was pulled down, the site was sold for redevelopment and both parties were awarded a share of the proceeds. [51]
St Wilfrid's Mission Church Hambrook
50°51′15″N 0°52′43″W / 50.8541°N 0.8786°W / 50.8541; -0.8786 (Site of former St Wilfrid's Mission Church, Hambrook)
Chichester Anglican 1923 c. 1973 Residential This was a chapel of ease to St Mary's Church in Chidham. It still stood in 1973, but was later replaced with a new church with the same dedication in the Nutbourne area of Hambrook, a short distance to the south. [52][53]
St John the Evangelist's Chapel Horsham
51°03′49″N 0°19′55″W / 51.0636°N 0.3319°W / 51.0636; -0.3319 (Site of former St John the Evangelist's Chapel, Horsham)
Horsham Roman Catholic 1865 c. 1983 Commercial This replaced Horsham's first Roman Catholic place of worship—a castellated building on Springfield Road which was owned by the Duke of Norfolk. The new Gothic Revival sandstone church, designed by Matthew Ellison Hadfield, was put up in front of it in 1865 on behalf of the Duchess of Norfolk. There was a shingle-covered bellcote above the entrance. Another new church with the same dedication was built opposite in 1923; Hadfield's building closed and was "altered for commercial use" before being demolished. [54][55]
St Edward and St Louis Church Imberhorne, East Grinstead
51°07′39″N 0°01′53″W / 51.1274°N 0.0314°W / 51.1274; -0.0314 (Site of former St Edward and St Louis Church, Imberhorne, East Grinstead)
Mid Sussex Roman Catholic 1879 1955 Residential Edward Blount kcb bought the Imberhorne Estate near East Grinstead in 1877. His family were devout Roman Catholics, but the nearest place of worship was the Friary Church in Crawley; so they converted part of Imberhorne House into a chapel for themselves and the public. It was East Grinstead's Catholic parish church for 20 years, and a gallery was built in 1889 to extend the capacity. The last Mass was on 12 June 1955, many fittings were moved to a new church at Forest Row, and the house and chapel were demolished following vandalism. A housing estate occupies the site. [56][57]
Church of the Good Shepherd Iping Marsh
51°01′21″N 0°47′39″W / 51.0225°N 0.7943°W / 51.0225; -0.7943 (Site of former Church of the Good Shepherd, Iping Marsh)
Chichester Anglican 1878 1986 Vacant This isolated church near Midhurst was closed in 1977 due to vandalism, although it was not declared redundant until 1 November 1980. Permission for its demolition was granted in 1981, although the graveyard was preserved. Also known as the Knapp Church, it was designed by E.P.L. Brock in the Early English style using black and red brick. There was a bellcote and a porch. [5][19]
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St John's Chapel Littlehampton
50°48′29″N 0°32′39″W / 50.8081°N 0.5442°W / 50.8081; -0.5442 (Site of former St John's Church, Littlehampton)
Arun Anglican 1877 1976 Car park Seceders from St Mary's Church, the town's parish church, established a new place of worship in 1877. William White designed a timber-built Early English Gothic Revival chapel. It remained unconsecrated until its closure in 1948, after which it was a theatre for many years. [58]
Argyll Hall Littlehampton
50°48′31″N 0°32′40″W / 50.8087°N 0.5445°W / 50.8087; -0.5445 (Site of former Argyll Hall, Littlehampton)
Arun Plymouth Brethren c. 1950 2004 Residential (Argyll Hall) Brethren occupied this building next to the River Arun by 1950, when the congregation was about 160. It went out of religious use after Parkside Evangelical Church was founded elsewhere in the town in 1973. Although the council stated they wanted to demolish Argyll Hall to build a road, this did not happen; the site was eventually cleared in 2004 and new housing (also called Argyll Hall) was put up in its place. [59][60]
St Saviour's Free Episcopal Church Littlehampton
50°48′30″N 0°32′27″W / 50.8082°N 0.5407°W / 50.8082; -0.5407 (Site of former St Saviour's Free Episcopal Church, Littlehampton)
Arun Reformed Episcopal 1877 1981 Residential (Church House) Local builders Snewin Brothers erected this chapel in 1877 for the Free Episcopal Church of England to the design of M.E. Habershon and E.P.L. Brock. Their Early English Gothic Revival design used red and yellow brick, flint and stone. In 1896, the Littlehampton Methodist Society paid £860 (£86,800 as of 2014) for the building, having outgrown their chapel in Terminus Road. At the time it was used as a theatre: the Episcopal congregation had left in 1887. Another £618 was spent on refurbishment and an extension, and an organ was installed in the apse at a cost of £150. A church hall was added in 1915. The chapel closed in 1980 and the congregation moved into the United Reformed Church nearby, which is now styled "United Church". [58][61]
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Terminus Road Methodist Chapel Littlehampton
50°48′34″N 0°32′42″W / 50.8095°N 0.5451°W / 50.8095; -0.5451 (Site of former Terminus Road Methodist Chapel, Littlehampton)
Arun Methodist 1826 1982 Commercial (Sergeant Pepper's Amusements and Snack Bar) Organised Methodist worship in the town dates back to 1816, when a Society was formed and services were held in houses. In 1825, it bought a site on Terminus Road for £155.7s.6d. (£11,100 as of 2014) and built a chapel at a cost of £482.5s.6d. (£34,500 as of 2014). This opened the following year and was used until 1898, when the congregation moved to the former St Saviour's Church. The Classical-style stuccoed building became a shop; until its demolition a prominent ball-shaped finial could still be seen on top. [58][63]
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Lodsworth Chapel Lodsworth
51°00′09″N 0°40′57″W / 51.0025°N 0.6824°W / 51.0025; -0.6824 (Site of former Lodsworth Chapel, Lodsworth)
Chichester Congregational c. 1865 a. 1962 Garage This "little Congregational chapel" on the edge of Trussler's Heath in this village between Petworth and Midhurst was erected by a shopkeeper called Mrs Farthing. Registered for marriages between 1865 and 1943, it was demolished by the early 1960s. [64][65]
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Congregational Temple Midhurst
50°59′07″N 0°44′25″W / 50.9854°N 0.7404°W / 50.9854; -0.7404 (Site of former Congregational Temple, Midhurst)
Chichester Congregational 1907 1946 Residential (Russell Court) This octagonal Free Renaissance Revival-style brick and stone church opened in Midhurst town centre in 1907. It was wrecked by bombing in 1942 and was demolished without replacement. Worshippers entered through a tall portico of stone columns. The roof was topped with a cupola with louvres. [67]
Independent Chapel Rogate
51°00′26″N 0°51′07″W / 51.0072°N 0.8519°W / 51.0072; -0.8519 (Site of former Independent Chapel, Rogate)
Chichester Congregational 1826 Residential Opened in 1826 for Independent Christians, this chapel later changed its character to adopt Congregationalism. It stood on School Lane in the hamlet of Rogate. [68]
First Church of Christ, Scientist Rustington
50°48′40″N 0°30′51″W / 50.8111°N 0.5142°W / 50.8111; -0.5142 (Site of former First Church of Christ Scientist, Rustington)
Arun Christian Science 2007 Residential (Chestnut Cottages) There was a Christian Scientist presence on The Street by 1962, when their reading room was sold to the Jehovah's Witnesses and converted into a Kingdom Hall. The single-storey church nearby was demolished and the site sold for residential development. [69][70]
Rustington Methodist Chapel Rustington
50°48′37″N 0°30′21″W / 50.8103°N 0.5059°W / 50.8103; -0.5059 (Site of former Rustington Methodist Chapel, Rustington)
Arun Methodist 1877 1952 Road Founded by Primitive Methodists who had previously worshipped at a cottage, this chapel was originally a smithy. It was turned into an 80-capacity chapel in 1877, and was used until it was bought and pulled down in 1952 to allow the adjacent road to be widened. A large church was built to replace it at nearby Claigmar Road. [69][71]
New Road Wesleyan Chapel Shoreham-by-Sea
50°49′58″N 0°16′17″W / 50.8327°N 0.2715°W / 50.8327; -0.2715 (Site of former New Road Wesleyan Chapel, Shoreham-by-Sea)
Adur Methodist 1829 c. 1921 Residential Shoreham's first Wesleyan chapel had a capacity of 200 worshippers. Soon the congregation moved to a new church nearby in 1900, and The Salvation Army re-registered the building as their place of worship. It went out of religious use in or before 1921. [72]
Primitive Methodist Chapel Shoreham-by-Sea
50°49′54″N 0°16′35″W / 50.8318°N 0.2764°W / 50.8318; -0.2764 (Site of former Primitive Methodist Chapel, Shoreham-by-Sea)
Adur Methodist 1879 1937 Commercial Primitive Methodism became established in the town in the early 19th century. Meetings were held in various rooms and secular buildings, but in 1879 the group built a chapel near the town hall on High Street. It was used for worship until 1935, and was an Early English Gothic Revival structure with pinnacles and a stuccoed exterior. The marriage registration was cancelled in November 1935. [72][73]
[74]
Small Dole Baptist Church Small Dole
50°54′09″N 0°16′28″W / 50.9024°N 0.2745°W / 50.9024; -0.2745 (Site of former Small Dole Baptist Church, Small Dole)
Horsham Baptist 1880 1983 Residential A red-brick chapel on the main road through Small Dole served the area's Baptists from 1880 until 1977, when it was closed and converted into the village hall. A new hall was built on another site after 1981, and the original building was demolished in 1983. [73][75]
[76]
Zion Bible Christian Chapel South Mundham
50°47′32″N 0°45′54″W / 50.7923°N 0.7649°W / 50.7923; -0.7649 (Site of former Zion Bible Christian Chapel, South Mundham)
Chichester Methodist 1821 1959 Vacant Founded for Bible Christian Methodists by John Leng near the hamlet of South Mundham, this opened in 1821 and was extended in 1893. It went out of use in 1939. [73]
Southwater Wesleyan Chapel Southwater
51°01′57″N 0°21′06″W / 51.0326°N 0.3518°W / 51.0326; -0.3518 (Site of former Southwater Wesleyan Chapel, Southwater)
Horsham Methodist 1884 c. 1930 Residential This Methodist church was founded in 1884 and had a capacity of 80. The red-brick building fell out of religious use in 1930. [77][78]
Primitive Methodist Mission Hall Southwick
50°49′54″N 0°14′17″W / 50.8318°N 0.2381°W / 50.8318; -0.2381 (Site of former Primitive Methodist Mission Hall, Southwick)
Adur Methodist 1879 c. 1964 Residential Lock Road (no longer in existence) had a hall which was registered for Primitive Methodist worship between 1879 and 1906 and then for Plymouth Brethren between 1921 and 1964. [45]
Southwick Wesleyan Methodist Chapel Southwick
50°49′54″N 0°14′11″W / 50.8316°N 0.2365°W / 50.8316; -0.2365 (Site of former Southwick Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Southwick)
Adur Methodist 1876 1962 Residential The present Methodist church in Southwick was built on Southwick Street in 1965 as an extension to a 1930s hall. John Lund's chapel of 1876, closed in 1955, was on Albion Street. It was an Early English Gothic Revival stone building with a capacity of 240, and was linked to the Brighton Circuit. [45][77]
Seamen's Institute Mission Hall Southwick
50°49′53″N 0°14′25″W / 50.8315°N 0.2402°W / 50.8315; -0.2402 (Site of former Seamen's Institute Mission Hall, Southwick)
Adur Nondenominational c. 1903 1981 Industrial This hall was used for Christian worship between 1903 and 1957. The two-storey Institute building, which had a three-window range and paired entrance porches, also had a reading room and other facilities. It later became a public library. [45][79]
[80]
St Richard of Chichester's Church Three Bridges
51°07′04″N 0°10′27″W / 51.1177°N 0.1743°W / 51.1177; -0.1743 (Site of former St Richard of Chichester's Church, Three Bridges)
Crawley Anglican 1954 1994 Residential Structural problems caused Crawley's "most distinguished modern church" to be demolished after just 40 years. N.F. Cachemaille-Day incorporated continental European and Scandinavian architectural themes into his Modernist brick design of 1952–54, which featured a nave, a central altar and a cubic sanctuary. This had a portico and was topped with a glazed rotunda. A hall adjoined the church. The building was declared redundant from 1 January 1994, and a new St Richard's Church opened on an adjacent site in 1995. [19][31]
[6][81]
St Peter's Church Treyford
50°57′53″N 0°49′47″W / 50.9646°N 0.8298°W / 50.9646; -0.8298 (Site of former St Peter's Church, Treyford)
Chichester Anglican 1849 1951 Vacant Treyford's medieval church was superseded in 1849 by the so-called "Cathedral of the Downs"—Benjamin Ferrey's gigantic flint and stone Decorated Gothic Revival building which was also intended to replace Didling and Elsted's parish churches. Its corner tower was topped with a spire. The church did not thrive and suffered structural problems—the stone used may have been clunch, which weathers badly, and repairs were needed in the 1880s. It was destroyed with explosives in 1951. [82][83]
[84]
Upper Beeding Mission Hall Upper Beeding
50°52′07″N 0°17′54″W / 50.8686°N 0.2982°W / 50.8686; -0.2982 (Site of former Upper Beeding Mission Hall, Upper Beeding)
Horsham Anglican c. 1909 c. 1960 Vacant A tin tabernacle was erected in or before 1909 to serve the houses around the cement works in the south of Upper Beeding parish. The site was sold and the chapel demolished in the 1960s. It had a single bell, which was removed prior to demolition. [85][86]
Free Church West Chiltington Common
50°56′47″N 0°27′39″W / 50.9464°N 0.4607°W / 50.9464; -0.4607 (Site of former Free Church, West Chiltington Common)
Horsham Free church c. 1925 c. 1970 Residential Originally a mission hall and latterly registered as a Free church, this had its worship registration cancelled on 9 December 1970. [87]
Cuckfield Methodist Chapel Whiteman's Green
51°00′48″N 0°08′29″W / 51.0134°N 0.1413°W / 51.0134; -0.1413 (Site of former Cuckfield Methodist Chapel, Whiteman's Green)
Mid Sussex Methodist c. 1886 c. 1960 Residential This chapel, on the London Road north of Cuckfield village, served the area's Wesleyan Methodist population. It was one of six places of worship in the parish (three Anglican, one Baptist and one Congregationalist). The building was sold in the early 1950s. [88][89]
Wick Primitive Methodist Chapel Wick
50°49′09″N 0°32′39″W / 50.8191°N 0.5443°W / 50.8191; -0.5443 (Site of former Wick Primitive Methodist Chapel, Wick)
Arun Methodist 1876 1968 Commercial (Wick Parade) This was built in the northern suburbs of Littlehampton in 1876 and was originally Primitive Methodist. After the Methodist Union of 1932, it was linked to the formerly Wesleyan Littlehampton Methodist Church in New Road. The Gothic Revival building had flint and brick walls. [90][91]
[92]
Wyndham Mission Room Wineham
50°58′03″N 0°14′30″W / 50.9676°N 0.2418°W / 50.9676; -0.2418 (Site of former Wyndham Mission Room, Wineham)
Horsham Anglican 1891 c. 1947 Residential Wineham (usually called Wyndham until the 20th century) is a village in the east of Shermanbury parish, distant from its church. An iron-walled chapel of ease was erected near the Royal Oak inn on Wineham Lane in 1891. It was used for worship until around 1938 and still stood for some years afterwards. [93][94]
Church of the Good Shepherd Worthing
50°48′57″N 0°22′15″W / 50.8159°N 0.3709°W / 50.8159; -0.3709 (Site of former Church of the Good Shepherd, Worthing)
Worthing Anglican 1906 1973 Charitable organisation (Methold House) F.C. Cook's Early English Gothic Revival-style chapel of ease to the nearby St Paul's Church opened in 1906 and fell out of use in 1963. It had stone-dressed stuccoed walls. The Worthing Area Guild for Voluntary Services, a charity with wide-ranging activities, has been based in the vicinity since 1933; in 1975, after the church was demolished, they built a new headquarters on the site. [39][40]
[95]
Brighton Road Meeting Room Worthing
50°48′44″N 0°21′52″W / 50.8123°N 0.3645°W / 50.8123; -0.3645 (Site of former Brighton Road Meeting Room, Worthing)
Worthing Baptist 1886 1965 Commercial (The Bike Store) Used by Calvinistic Baptists, this stood at 65 Brighton Road. [96][97]
Gospel Hall Worthing
50°48′44″N 0°22′13″W / 50.8123°N 0.3702°W / 50.8123; -0.3702 (Site of former Gospel Hall, Worthing)
Worthing Plymouth Brethren 1887 c. 1918 Commercial This was registered as a Brethren meeting hall in 1892, five years after its construction. It stood at 12 Chapel Road for about 30 years, but was demolished after its closure in 1918. [96][98]
Independent Congregational Chapel Worthing
50°48′37″N 0°22′22″W / 50.8104°N 0.3729°W / 50.8104; -0.3729 (Site of former Independent Congregational Chapel, Worthing)
Worthing Congregational 1839 1978 Commercial (Boots) Local architect Charles Hide rebuilt the Independent chapel of 1804 on Montague Street which had been Worthing's first place of worship, pre-dating even St Paul's Anglican Church. The new building was used by Congregationalists led by Rev. George E. Rees. The Christian Literary Institute was opened in 1862 next to the church, but when a new Congregational church was built on Shelley Road in 1898 the chapel fell out of religious use: it was converted into a hall and, later, shops. A Boots store now occupies the site. [96][99]
Evangelical Protestants' Hall Worthing
50°49′19″N 0°22′08″W / 50.8219°N 0.3688°W / 50.8219; -0.3688 (Site of former Evangelical Protestant Chapel, Worthing)
Worthing Evangelical 1906 1969 Commercial (Guildbourne Centre) James E. Lund, who also designed Worthing Tabernacle and West Worthing Evangelical Free Church, was responsible for the free-style Queen Anne Revival chapel on Chatsworth Road which was used by displaced members of the former New Street Chapel. Its pastor served for 51 years, but in 1957 it was sold and became a factory. Its marriage registration, which dated from 1909, was cancelled in May of that year. [96][97]
[100]
Primitive Methodist Chapel Worthing
50°48′57″N 0°22′20″W / 50.8159°N 0.3723°W / 50.8159; -0.3723 (Site of former Primitive Methodist Chapel, Worthing)
Worthing Methodist 1892 1958 Commercial (Worthing Bedding Centre) A tin tabernacle of 1880 at the junction of Wenban Road and Chapel Road was later replaced by R.S. Hyde's Decorated Gothic Revival church of red brick, flint and stone. Architectural features included a flèche and an apse. It closed in 1955 or 1956. [96][99]

All Saints Church, Baldwins Hill[edit]

Between 1887 and the 1960s, a church dedicated to All Saints[101] stood at a location (51°08′18″N 0°01′13″W / 51.1382°N 0.0202°W / 51.1382; -0.0202) which is now within West Sussex but which was part of neighbouring Surrey at the time.[note 1] Sidney Poole Lowell of Baldwins, a large house north of East Grinstead, paid for the church to be built near his house because of the distance from St Swithun's parish church. St Mary the Virgin's church was later built nearby, but the older building—originally dedicated to St Matthias—still stood. Because it was just over the county border in Surrey, it was part of the Anglican Diocese of Southwark and was not linked to the new church. This situation was changed in 1952, when the renamed All Saints Church was transferred to the Diocese of Chichester and became a second church within St Mary the Virgin's parish. Nine years later, it was closed because of structural defects; the church committee concluded it "no longer serv[ed] any useful purpose".[101]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The county boundary was changed by the Local Government Act 1972. Ordnance Survey maps before this date show the boundary running south of Felbridge Lane, the road on which the church stood.[102][103]

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