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St John the Evangelist

A rare surviving example of a Georgian evangelical preaching house.

Chichester, Sussex

Opening times

Open daily: 10am to 4pm.


St Johns Street
PO19 1UR

Built in 1812, the delightfully elegant design of St John's reflects the importance the evangelical movement placed on sermons and scripture reading rather than communion.
Unusually, it was not built as a parish church, but was privately funded and then run by trustees of the evangelical movement of the Church of England.

Ministers were largely paid by the income from renting seats in the chapel. Pews in the upper gallery, where the rich sat apart from the lower orders, still have their own hire numbers. These originally had separate entrances so that the rich could enter by different doorways from the poor who sat on the benches below.

The chapel is arranged rather like a theatre, with an impressive triple decker pulpit with a handsome staircase and elegant handrail taking centre stage with only a small and insignificant chancel behind.

Standing high up in the pulpit, the preacher could be seen and heard by (and could himself see) everyone in the chapel.

This church is cared for by the Churches Conservation Trust

  • Captivating architecture

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Social heritage stories

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • Dog friendly

  • Level access to the main areas

  • On street parking at church

  • Parking within 250m

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Churches Conservation Trust

Contact information

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