Old and New Shoreham: Roman Catholicism

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A History of the County of Sussex: Volume 6 Part 1, Bramber Rape (Southern Part). Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1980.

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There was no papist in either Old or New Shoreham in 1676 (fn. 1) but four in the two parishes in 1767. (fn. 2) Before 1870 a priest from Worthing said mass at no. 2 Surry Street but in that year began to use a schoolroom formed out of a stable in John Street, apparently on the site backing on Ship Street given by William Wheeler, formerly vicar of Old and New Shoreham, for a permanent church. (fn. 3) The church of St. Peter in Ship Street, built of flint pebbles with stone dressings in a 14th-century style to a design by C. A. Buckler (fn. 4) and providing 200 sittings, was opened in 1875, having been paid for by Augusta, dowager duchess of Norfolk; a presbytery beside it was completed in 1877. (fn. 5)


  • 1. S.A.C. xli. 145.
  • 2. H.L.R.O., papist return (ex inf. Mr. T. J. McCann, of W.S.R.O.).
  • 3. Worthing Surv. 231-2.
  • 4. N.M.R., Goodhart-Rendel index.
  • 5. Kelly's Dir. Suss. (1887), 2104; (1938), 518-19.