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Graylingwell Chapel

Graylingwell Chapel was built in 1897 by the renowned architect Sir Arthur Blomfield and served as the chapel for Graylingwell Hospital until 2000.

Graylingwell Chapel was built in 1897 by the renowned architect Sir Arthur Blomfield and served as the chapel for Graylingwell Hospital until 2000. Graylingwell Chapel is listed as a Grade II building with English Heritage, full listing: Chapel at Graylingwell Hospital, List Entry Number: 1415725. The Chapel is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest, and was first listed on April 18, 2006.  English Heritage describe the Chapel as ‘a good, intact example of a large, detached asylum chapel of 1895-7, almost parish-church like in scale, designed by Sir Arthur Blomfield, with fine stained-glass windows.’ The Chapel is located in the heart of the Graylingwell Park development and is situated in close proximity to the current Sales office and Havenstoke Park. To the South of the Chapel is Chapel Green, a small area of grass and mature trees.

Since 2009 the chapel has been utilised by the community and faith groups for activities, learning and worship. As part of the section 106 planning agreement with Chichester District Council the Chapel will be transferred as an asset to the development Trust during 2015 and the process of restoring the building into a fully functional state of the art multi-purpose community facility will begin. The CCDT are currently working with the LLP of Linden Downland to produce and design a specification for a heating system and toilet facilities that would result in the Chapel being fit for use in early 2015 by the community. Once ownership has been transferred the Trust will look for capital funding from sources to fully refurbish the building to create a warm, quality and innovative facility that will offer a multi-purpose space for the benefit of all for many years to come. The refurbishment will create a building for community use including: Education and Training, Social activities, Leisure pursuits, Information centre, Soft Play and a place of worship.

Once refurbished the Chapel facilities will include:

  • The Chapel (capacity 500 standing) with stage
  • The Chapel 250 seated with stage
  • Meeting annex with folding partition into main space (capacity 50 seated)
  • Lobby area for displays and information
  • Kitchen and server and toilet facilities
  • Storage area
  • Chapel Green a green area of grass and mature trees for break-out activities and small community activities

Currently the CCDT has applied for Pre-feasibility funding from the SIB to create a heating/energy assessment, a full structural condition survey and a schedule of quantities, Grade II listing advice and business planning support. Should the Trust be successful in obtaining this funding it will then apply for feasibility funding to engage an architect, employ a QS and develop the specification for the building.

Location: Graylingwell, Chichester

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