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Christ Church

A Grade II Listed Building in Hastings, East Sussex

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.8722 / 50°52'19"N

Longitude: 0.6083 / 0°36'29"E

OS Eastings: 583612

OS Northings: 111315

OS Grid: TQ836113

Mapcode National: GBR QYH.BKT

Mapcode Global: FRA D65S.LT0

Entry Name: Christ Church

Listing Date: 14 September 1976

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1043454

English Heritage Legacy ID: 294029

Location: Hastings, East Sussex, TN35

County: East Sussex

District: Hastings

Town: Hastings

District Council Ward: Ore

Traditional County: Sussex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): East Sussex

Church of England Parish: Ore Christ Church

Church of England Diocese: Chichester

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Listing Text

HASTINGS

757/2/466 OLD LONDON ROAD
14-SEP-76 ORE
(West side)
CHRIST CHURCH

II
Church. 1858 (dedication plaque on E wall) by A.D.Gough. Decorated style.

MATERIALS: Walls of random rubble construction in sandstone, N aisle on a brick plinth; slate roofs with crested ridge tiles.

PLAN: 5-bay nave with lower-roofed chancel with small lean-to S vestry and N organ chamber; N aisle, N transept (now a vestry); SW porch and SW bell turret.

EXTERIOR: All windows have flowing tracery, the nave and N aisle windows identical with carved dripstone terminals. The nave has buttresses with crocketted gables. Tall gabled W porch. 7-light W window with a Flamboyant traceried wheel in the head. Lean-to projections off the chancel are gabled to N and S. N aisle buttressed with a W window roundel with star tracery. The N transept has little flying buttresses, apparently original, to the retaining wall of the churchyard. Shallow gabled porch with a double-chamfered doorway, an outer iron gate with cross finials and a 2-leaf plank door with strap hinges. Distinctive octagonal SW bell turret, the most striking element of the exterior. This has a frieze of trefoil-headed open arcading below the stone spire.

INTERIOR: Notable for its naturalistic carved detail. Chancel arch on short stone shafts with carved corbels and capitals; the arch has an order of carved decoration. Above the chancel arch, a frieze of painted decoration. The N aisle arcade has octagonal piers with carved capitals. Substantial arch braced roofs on carved corbels to nave with intermediate trusses and complex curved braces above the collar. Aisle and chancel roofs similar. Pretty Decorated style chancel with a triple sedilia with marble shafts, carved capitals and trefoil-headed arches under a superordinate arch on the S wall. Encaustic tiles to chancel. The E wall has painted texts on either side of the E window and on the returns of the N and S walls. Painted text and frieze of painted decoration round the E window. This was re-painted in c. 1992. Early C20 timber reredos with symbols in cusped panels. Font with octagonal bowl with blind traceried panels. Polygonal timber pulpit, relatively plain. Late C19 nave benches with shaped ends. Canted stone screen to N transept, creating a vestry as a World War II Memorial.

SUMMARY OF IMPORTANCE: An intact and distinctive Gothic Revival church, by A.D. Gough. The outstanding exterior feature is its attractive bell tower. This church is characterised by its flowing tracery and naturalistic carved detail. The fittings are not exceptional, but the painted texts and frieze are noteworthy. The church incorporates a World War II Memorial in its vestry.

SOURCES
N. Pevsner, 'Sussex' p. 520.
Victoria County History: Sussex Volume IX p. 25.
Peter Howell, 'Gough, Alexander Dick (1804-1871)' in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

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