St John the Baptist, London Road, (Bognor)

Denomination:

Anglican.

Internet:

Address:

London Road, Bognor Regis, West Sussex.

Grid reference: 493595, 99487, View on: Google Maps, Open Street Map, Streetmap, National Library of Scotland Map or Oldmaps.

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Baptisms:

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Burials:

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Marriages:

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Images:

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Building information:

Built: 1880.

Closed: 1971.

Demolished: 1973.

Architect: Sir Arthur William Blomfield.

Style: Early English of flint and red brick. South west tower with stone spire.

Current use: Demolished.

(Commercial - Boots the Chemist.)

Documents:

There are 2 documents concerning this church in the OPC database.

Publications:

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Notes:

The foundation stone was laid by Lady Cecilia Bingham, youngest sister of the Duke of Richmond and Gordon, on 25 August 1880 in Dorset Gardens, now called London Road for a new St John's church. Within two years the church was complete with the exception of the tower. Consecrated by the Lord Bishop of Chichester in January 1886. The spire was completed in 1895. The reredos was erected as a war memorial by public subscription following a faculty application 24 April, 1919 by H.J. Clayton, vicar of Bognor. The figures represented from left to right St George for soldiers, St. Joan of Arc for women and France, St. Nicholas for sailors, Centre Panel of the Transfiguration, The Baptist for the church dedication, St. Mary Magdalene for the mother church in South Bersted and St. Wilfrid for the daughter church (as it was then) in Victoria Drive. Note the centre panel was changed in 1934 and the reredos was moved to St. Wilfrid's church in 1971 before St. John's church was demolished. A chime of 8 bells by Gillett & Johnson was donated in 1952. The last service was held in St. John's church in May 1971. The church was demolished in 1972 and the site sold in March 1973 to make way for the present WH Smith and Boots stores. Declared redundant 8th June 1971.

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