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Church of St Paul, Chichester

Description: Church of St Paul

Grade: II
Date Listed: 8 October 1971
English Heritage Building ID: 300126

OS Grid Reference: SU8602605369
OS Grid Coordinates: 486026, 105369
Latitude/Longitude: 50.8415, -0.7796

Location: B2178, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 3BL

Locality: Chichester
Local Authority: Chichester District Council
County: West Sussex
Country: England
Postcode: PO19 3BL

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Listing Text

593/2/417 ST PAUL'S ROAD
08-JAN-1971 (Northeast side)

1836 by Joseph Butler. The SE buttress of the tower failed and part of the tower collapsed in 1883, and although it was repaired, by 1948 it had become unsafe again. It was demolished to its present level in 1951. A complex of parish rooms was added to the NW in 1993.

MATERIALS: Flint with stone dressings and slate roof. The W wall of the nave above the tower is rendered, as is the W wall of the parish rooms.

Wide, unaisled nave with small chancel, truncated W tower and small S porch. Attached parish rooms complex to NE.

Very tall in an unarchaeological early C13 style. The nave has pairs of very tall lancets along the N and S walls, with single lancets on either side of the chancel and on either side of the tower. There are tall, stepped buttresses between the pairs of windows. Small, gabled S porch with continuously chamfered outer opening and late C20 glazed inner doors. The chancel has a triplet of lancets in the E wall and single lancets in the N and S walls. The W tower, originally of three stages, has been truncated to a single stage with a flat roof lower than the nave roofline, leaving a large section of plain nave gable exposed above it. W door under a gabled projection and small lancets.

The nave is undivided internally, with a gallery at the W end. W gallery is supported on slim columns and has a panelled front of foiled arches. The tall tower arch is nearly hidden behind the organ and the gallery. Tall, pointed chancel arch with continuous chamfered outer orders and an inner order on shafts and EE-style capitals. Chancel recess shallow, but tall. Nave is ceiled and has very flat Tudor arched trusses with graduated, foiled arches as infill. Late C20 timber and glazed doors in NW corner of nave to parish rooms.

C19 font with foiled arches on the bowl and stem. The furnishings are otherwise largely late C20.

Built as a chapel of ease to the parish church of St Peter, and intended to serve the growing suburbs of Chichester, St Paul's was designed by Joseph Butler of Chichester, fl 1834-55, a local architect who worked widely on churches in Chichester diocese in the 2nd quarter of the C19.

Pevsner, N and Nairn, I, The Buildings of England: Sussex (1965), 178.
Salzman, L F, Victoria County History: A History of the County of Sussex: Volume 3 (1935), 160-4

The church of St Paul, Chichester, is designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* An interesting and attractive survival of a pre-archaeological C13-style church by J Butler, a well-known local architect.

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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