Protestant nonconformity


Victoria County History



T P Hudson (Editor), A P Baggs, C R J Currie, C R Elrington, S M Keeling, A M Rowland

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'Ashington: Protestant nonconformity', A History of the County of Sussex: Volume 6 Part 2: Bramber Rape (North-Western Part) including Horsham (1986), pp. 73. URL: Date accessed: 21 November 2014.


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A Presbyterian preacher was licensed in 1672. (fn. 97) There were six nonconformists in the parish in 1676, (fn. 98) and two Baptists in 1724. (fn. 99)

A Wesleyan Methodist chapel on the east side of the high road was opened in 1890 or 1891, after a preacher from Shoreham had preached in a farm kitchen in Ashington over two years. The building, which was of iron, was succeeded by the present building of flint and red brick in 1894-5. There were 130 sittings in 1895 (fn. 1) and in 1940. (fn. 2) The Linfields, later of Oast House, were a prominent Methodist family in the parish. (fn. 3) In 1977 the chapel was served by a minister from Shoreham. (fn. 4)


97 Cal. S.P. Dom. 1672, 235.
98 S.R.S. xlv. 146.
99 W.S.R.O., Ep. I/26/3, p. 13.
1 Worthing Gaz. 25 June 1894; Suss. Coast Mercury, 15 June 1895; W. Suss. Gaz. 10 Dec. 1981; Kelly's Dir. Suss. (1895).
2 Methodist Ch. Bldg. Return (1940).
3 W. Suss. Gaz. 10 Dec. 1981.
4 Notice at ch. 1977.