Christ Church, Forestside

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Christchurch, Forestside, was built in 1852 by Charles Dixon, a wealthy Victorian philanthropist and the owner of nearby Stansted House, to serve his estate workers and the village of Forestside. The parish was formed from parts of Stoughton and Up Marden. The church is of flint masonry with Caen stone dressings. The East window is a Jesse Window with an unusual dragon in the bottom right hand corner, whose origin is unknown. The heads on the chancel arch are a young Queen Victoria and a Bishop of Chichester, possibly St Richard. The adjoining school has been closed for many years and is now a private house.

The church is open for quiet contemplation at all times.

Follow the link on the right to see the list of vicars since 1856.

To see details of any of the memorials in the church or the graveyard, follow the link to our parish website. The memorial index is on the page for Forestside church.  






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Holy Communion
BCP Holy Communion
Every third Sunday at 8:00 AM
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Every fourth Sunday at 11:00 AM
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Incumbent: The Revd John Damian STRAIN
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 4928
Diocesan ID: BP0712
Built: 1855
Architect: Unclear
Style of worship: Central
Archdeaconry: CHICHESTER (101)
Deanery: WESTBOURNE (10108)
Benefice: Octagon (10/090BP)
Parish Legal Name: THE OCTAGON (100571 10/571)
CofE Church Info: (610324 10/324)
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The current editor is: Edward Mynors

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This page was last updated on Monday 30th June 2014
Christ Church , On road north from Stansted Park, quarter mile south of junctiion with road from Rowlands Castle., Forestside, West Sussex, PO9 6EE

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