Old Congregational Chapel (St Edmund's), (Haywards Heath)

Denomination:

Congregational.

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Address:

Wivelsfield Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex.

Grid reference: 533455, 123115, View on: Google Maps, Open Street Map, Streetmap, National Library of Scotland Map or Oldmaps.

Incumbents:

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Baptisms:

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Burials:

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Marriages:

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Monumental inscriptions:

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Images:

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Building information:

Built: 1861.

Style: Lancet, rendered.

Current use: Commercial.

(Public Hall)

Documents:

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

Publications:

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Notes:

The chapel was originally built in 1860 by the Congregationalists, before Haywards Heath turned into a town. It was formally opened for worship in 1861 and was free of debt owing to the support of many friends from a wide area. Originally the chapel stood in the parish of Wivelsfield, but as the town grew so did the desire of the Congregationalists to have a church in a more central position. Plans were realised in 1914 memorial foundation stones were laid for a new Congregational Church in South Road.
Taking advantage of the vacated building, the Anglican Congregation from the Chapel of Ascension (an iron building in St John's Road which had been erected in 1895 to serve the Asylum area taken over from Wivelsfield) took over the building which was then dedicated to St Edmund.
In the late 1960s St Edmund's Church was superseded by a new Church of the Ascension built in the heart of modern development in the Vale Road and Sheppeys area of Haywards Heath. After a period of use by the Jehovah's Witnesses, it has now become a public hall.

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