Church of St Leonard


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Statutory Address:
Church of St Leonard, Marina, St Leonards on Sea


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Statutory Address:
Church of St Leonard, Marina, St Leonards on Sea

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

East Sussex
Hastings (District Authority)
National Grid Reference:
TQ 79691 08850


This list entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 07/06/2019

TQ 7908 NE 757/10/10010


(Formerly listed as Church of St Leonard, ST LEONARDS ON SEA)

GV II Church. 1953-61. Sir Giles and Adrian Gilbert Scott. Buff brick with cream stone dressings. Pantiled low pitched roof to eaves. Rectangular plan with altar against east wall and choir stalls in chancel. Nave with passage aisles. Western tower, with entrance beneath. Simplified modernistic Gothic manner.

Exterior dominated by fine blocky Gothic west tower reached by a flight of steps which has parabolic shape with late Gothic mouldings dying into the jambs. Triple doors, square headed with three lights over each. Tall three-light traceried pointed window. Above aedicule is a cross-shaped window. North and south walls with two-light traceried pointed windows.

Interior with parabolic arches defining sanctuary and chancel and rising the full height of the nave as giant arcades. Main space with panelled ceiling, flat in the middle with canted sides. Passage aisles set in internal buttresses with transverse vaulting to each bay. Lower part of the wall clad in green coloured stone finished in a wave pattern to symbolise the sea; dado rises behind altar and is surmounted by incised and painted cross; upper walls plastered. Sanctuary raised and altar raised on a further step. White marble sanctuary floor. Timber altar with central pedestal set against east wall. Limed oak neo-Gothic choir stalls in chancel, in which some Victorian work appears to be reused. Solid chancel wall of green stone, with a broad opening in the centre. The pulpit is incorporated into this wall at the north-western corner of the chancel. It is in the form of a prow of a boat, in varnished timber, continuing the maritime theme. The font and cover are in the form of a ship's wheel. Modern figurative stained glass to three-light chancel south window.

An attractive example of these architects' post-war work, showing a fusion of traditional and modern building methods and forms. The church has a strong presence on the seafront.

Listing NGR: TQ7969108850


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This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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Date: 27 Feb 2006
Reference: IOE01/14821/11
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