Copthorne Chapel, Felbridge, is on the
southern side of Chapel Lane (the West Sussex side, with the Surry
border running down the lane's centre), a short way from Turners
Hill Road. It was founded in 1827 when Rev Trego arrived from East
Grinstead's Countess of Huntingdon Church to serve a community that
had no local place of worship. They first met in a barn on Chapel
Lane in 1822, with the chapel itself taking three months to build in
1827. It was restored in 1896-1898.
The Church of St Margaret of Antioch,
West Hoathley, is at the south-east corner of North Lane and Church
Hill. By the late eleventh century the church existed as a simple
single-room stone building. A series of medieval expansions doubled
its size by the fifteenth century, and the present building has
changed little since then, despite a Victorian restoration by
architect R H Carpenter. A major addition was the heavily buttressed
Perpendicular Gothic west tower.
St Peter's Church, Ardingly, sits at the
south-west corner of Balcombe Lane and Church Lane. The nave, south
aisle, and chancel were built in stone between 1325-1350, possibly
on the foundations of a church that existed here by the 1000s. The
tower of this Decorated Gothic-style building is fifteenth century.
Sir George C Scott carried out restoration work in 1855. Further
work took place in 1887 (on the nave and other areas) and in 1926-27
(focussing on the roof).
The Church of St Mary Magdalene, Bolney,
lies between The Street and Church Lane, about seventy metres south
of the primary school. Its nave and chancel date to about 1100, with
windows inserted in later periods. The west tower was added in
1536-38. The south porch is dated 1718. The north aisle, with the
nave-arcade of three bays, was added in 1853 and the north vestry in
1912. The chancel arch is also from 1853 and the chancel roof was
repaired in 1936.
Photos on this page kindly contributed by George
Redgrave, Adam Swaine, and Douglas Law, all via the 'History Files:
Churches of the British Isles' Flickr group. Additional information
by George Redgrave and Adam Swaine.