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Action needed to save nationally important gothic revival chapel

The Victorian Society and the Pugin Society are asking Hastings Borough Council to take action to prevent further damage to a Grade II* listed chapel designed by Edward Pugin .

The Victorian Society and the Pugin Society are asking Hastings Borough Council to take action to prevent further damage to a Grade II* listed chapel designed by Edward Pugin - the renowned gothic revival architect. In 2005, the Pugin Society found that leaks in the roof were allowing water to damage the stunning interior. Matters are likely to have significantly deteriorated since then.

The 1868 former Convent of the Holy Child in St Leonards East Sussex is a major work by the Victorian architect Edward Welby Pugin, and also contains work by his two architect brothers Peter-Paul and Cuthbert. It is especially notable for the intactness of its fittings in what English Heritage described as “an intact High Victorian Gothic interior of outstanding quality”. Historic England is currently considering adding the chapel to their Heritage at Risk Register. 

In 2010, a planning application was made to demolish the 20th century buildings on the site, convert the 19th century buildings and construct new houses and flats. This was couched as an ‘enabling development’ which would facilitate the restoration of the chapel for public use. The application stalled after disagreement over the Council’s amendments to the scheme and remains undetermined. The Victorian Society and the Pugin Society are calling upon Hastings Borough Council to commission an up to date survey of the chapel as a first step in securing its future.

Nick Dermott, Pugin Society chair, said: ‘Although the chapel sits within a twelve acre site set just back from the central St Leonards seafront, it is surrounded by a high wall and is not readily visible from the road.  As a result it has for too long been a case of ‘out of sight, out of mind’ for this nationally important building. Local authorities have considerable powers to persuade the owners of listed buildings to keep them in good repair. Hasting Council Should commission an up to date survey of the chapel’s condition as soon as possible.’

Thursday 26 November, 2015

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