St John the Evangelist’s Church is a redundant Anglican church. Built in 1812 to the design of James Elmes as a proprietary chapel, the octagonal white-brick ‘evangelical preaching house’ reflects the early 19th-century ideals of the Church of England’s evangelical wing before High Church movements such as the Cambridge Camden Society changed ideas on church design. The Diocese of Chichester declared it redundant in 1973. Although worship no longer takes place in the building, its theatre-like design has made it a popular venue for concerts and musical events. The church is a Grade I Listed building.
St John the Evangelist’s Church was designed according to an ‘extreme Low church plan’ in which an enormous central pulpit was the focus for the congregation and the altar was so insignificant that it ‘dwindled to a kind of kitchen table’. The height and prominence of the pulpit ensured that the preacher could see all worshippers, and they could see and hear him.
See https://musicinportsmouth.co.uk/performers/st-peters-church-hayling-music-events/ for music events at this church.
St Mary’s Church within Portchester Castle has wonderful acoustics and is widely known for its concerts and lunchtime recitals.
Lunchtime recitals, which are free, take place on Thursdays at 1pm in the Summer, and are organised by The Director of Music, David Cain.
Please see our St. Mary’s Church Portchester Music Events page: https://musicinportsmouth.co.uk/performers/st-marys-church-portchester-music-events.
The lovely old church dedicated to St Mary and to St Blaise dates from the early twelfth century. From an entry in the Domesday Book we know that Boxgrove had the status of a parish and that a church existed here before the Norman Conquest. All traces of this have been obliterated by the Priory, which is the daughter house of the Abbey of Lessay in Normandy and the ‘grand-daughter’ of the great Benedictine Abbey of Bec Helouin. A more detailed history is available elsewhere on this site.
The Priory Church sits in a delightful village in West Sussex, some 3 miles from Chichester, and for over 900 years the villagers of Boxgrove have worshipped in this magnificent building. Its glory is still much in evidence in spite of losing the west end of the Priory during the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the reign of King Henry VIII.
The church dates from 1053 and sits in the middle of field near the village of Finchdean. It is a peaceful place to visit and worship.
St George’s is the parish church for the eastern part of the city of Chichester, including Whyke, Rumboldswhyke, Shopwhyke and Portfield.
This magnificent Church was built in 1696 and is situated on the waterfront at Gosport. There is a famous organ in the Church, recently restored, which was originally commissioned for the Duke of Chandos in 1720 when Handel was his composer-in-residence. Thus Handel must have played it.
In the Michael Nott Rotunda.
A Victorian jewel set in beautiful countryside
The spire of Holy Trinity soars high above the trees, visible for miles around in an idyllic corner of Hampshire. It is an extraordinary experience to find this lavishly decorated Medieval-style church with Italian marble mosaic floors in such a rural location.
Built in 1876-78, the church was funded by William Nicholson – a local benefactor and gin distiller – and designed by Gothic architect Sir Arthur Blomfield, later responsible for the Royal College of Music. Blomfield used the best craftsmen of the day to produce the magnificent stonework, mosaics and stained glass. The walls are made from warm-toned Ham Hill stone with bands of Bath stone. Marble mosaic floors run across the church and are particularly colourful in the chancel.
If you are lucky, you may hear the lovely peal of eight bells ringing out – but at any time you can soak in the wonderful views all over Hampshire. https://www.visitchurches.org.uk/visit/church-listing/holy-trinity-privett.html#sthash.PRDBki6a.dpuf
The Chapel is part of the University of Chichester and an established concert venue for music students, staff and visiting musicians.
Emsworth Baptist Church was started in 1845 when a group of twenty-three people made an agreement to support and care for each other and establish a new church. In 1848 a new church building was completed and the following 150 years saw the Church grow in numbers and influence. Towards the beginning of the millennium, the membership made the decision to build new premises that would not only serve the present day and future needs of the church but also the community. In July 2015 the new premises were opened and since then have been used extensively not only by the church but also by the community.
St Paul’s is a flourishing church in the heart of Chichester, a worshipping family comprised of all ages, committed to the daily rhythm of prayer and praise through word and sacrament.
We are a large and growing church with a bustling Parish Centre which is well used by the church members and wider community and a popular venue for various concerts and other events.
To find out more about events at St Mary’s, visit http://portseaparish.co.uk/events.
Come and explore this historic 900-year-old Cathedral whose spire dominates the horizon for miles around. This magnificent Cathedral is Mother Church to the parishes of Sussex and welcomes visitors of any faith and those with none. With history, heritage, art and music – and the beautiful Bishop’s Palace Gardens to explore – it’s a must-see for visitors of all ages.