Listed Buildings

St Margaret's Church:Grade II

By Jennifer Drury

Built in 1897

The lych gate at St Margaret’s Church Rottingdean was built in 1897 in memory of the Revd Arthur Thomas, vicar of the church for 47 years until his death in 1895. It is timber-framed on flint base with red brick dressings. It has a half-hipped tiled roof with wooden barge-boards. The frame is close-studded and has arched braces at the ends.
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Photo:St Margaret's Lych Gate

St Margaret's Lych Gate

Photo by Tony Mould

Photo:St Margaret's Lych Gate

St Margaret's Lych Gate

Photo by Tony Mould


The inscriptions

An inscription to the church side reads "Blessed are they that hear the word of God and keep it" and on the Green side "Enter into his gates with thanksgiving and into his courts with praise". There are wooden gates on the green side. The interior is paved with narrow bricks and with a bench on either side.
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Photo:St Margaret's Lych Gate

St Margaret's Lych Gate

Photo by Tony Mould

Photo:St Margaret's Lych Gate

St Margaret's Lych Gate

Photo by Tony Mould


19th and 20th century views

These two photographs, from the James Gray Collection, show the front of St Margaret's Church, in 1880 before the addition of the Lych Gate, and in 1906 when it had been there for nine years.
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Photo:St Margaret's Church and Lych Gate c1880

St Margaret's Church and Lych Gate c1880

Image reproduced with kind permission of The Regency Society and The James Gray Collection

Photo:St Margaret's Church and Lych Gate 1906

St Margaret's Church and Lych Gate 1906

Image reproduced with kind permission of The Regency Society and The James Gray Collection


This page was added on 31/08/2012.
Comments about this page

I have a photo of my Great Grandmother standing at this lych gate. It would be from around 1920 at a guess. I have no idea what she was doing here - she lived all her life in Harrow - but have identified the gate from the inscription with the help of your site. If you wish me to upload I will be happy to do so if you can advise me how/where to do so.

Brian, if you emailed the editor of the website attaching your photo, it can be added to this page. The email address is info@mybrightonandhove.org.uk

By Brian Parker (01/07/2016)

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