Worthing St Andrew, Sussex Genealogy

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Worthing St Andrew Clifton Road

Parish History

Worthing St Andrew was formed as an Ecclesisatical Parish in 1888 from parts of Broadwater, Sussex Ancient parish,

After about six years of dispute and controversy with the rector of Broadwater and the vicars of Christ Church and Holy Trinity, the promoters of High Church worship in Worthing triumphed when the church of ST. ANDREW, Clifton Road, near the recently developed Oxford and Cambridge roads, was consecrated in 1888. A parish was formed out of Broadwater, Christ Church, and Holy Trinity parishes. The patronage of the vicarage was assigned to George Wedd of Charmandean, one of the chief promoters of the church, for the first turn and afterwards to Keble College, Oxford, with which it remained in 1976. The vicarage was endowed by Wedd, and augmented by the Ecclesiastical Commissioners in 1888. After a number of moves a new vicarage was built in Victoria Road in 1924. The church has always retained its High Church character, its congregation including many non-parishioners. A mission room in Victoria Road was recorded c. 1900.

The church of St. Andrew was built in 1886, to the design of Sir A. W. Blomfield, mainly at the expense of George Wedd who also gave the site. Its consecration was delayed until 1888 largely because of the opposition of the vicar of Holy Trinity. It is of flint and stone in Gothic style and consists of a nave with baptistry, aisles, transepts, and a chancel with a Lady Chapel, sacristy, and vestry. A choir vestry was added in 1908. In 1978 the church had many elaborate fittings, including altars, a rood screen, and a reredos designed by C. E. Kempe.

Worthing: Churches', A History of the County of Sussex: Volume 6 Part 1: Bramber Rape (Southern Part) (1980), pp. 119-122. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=18230&strquery=Worthing


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Probate records

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