Chapel is being left to rot

Further to the article concerning the current plight and terrible condition of this chapel, I would just like to fill in a few gaps about this building.

Firstly it is one of only two chapels in East Sussex designed by Edward Pugin the son of the renowned Augustus Pugin who were both prolific neo gothic architects of their period.

Edward in his short life span of 41 years designed over 60 chapels, churches and abbeys around the UK.

This chapel is in fact a Grade II* (star) listed chapel just short of being defined as a Grade I building which is the highest of building classifications.

Built in 1867 it was used until 1976 when the nuns of the Holy Child Jesus sold it to a Spanish family who still currently own the entire site.

Since then the chapel has been deconsecrated and has lain empty for 39 years and unused from what I have been told since the purchase.

Detailed images taken in 2008 of the chapel reveal what a sad state the interior is in.

The ingress of water has created damp and areas of ceiling plaster have fallen in.

Also paint flaking and floors disintegrating due to the damp and no doubt never any heat inside.

Over the past five years I have asked HBC three times for an enforcement order to be issued to make the owners repair it but to no avail.

It’s just not important enough for the council.

Richard Heritage

Old Bury Hill Gardens


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