Eastbourne - St Agnes

Whitley Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex

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 The church of St Agnes is of brick with minimal stone dressings. Nave with aisles, transepts not projecting much beyond the aisles, and sanctuary.  The west front, to the road, is dominated by five stepped lancets.  The interior is plastered with exposed brickwork to the arcades.

From 1895 mass for the Catholics of the east end of town was said in St Joseph’s School but in 1906 Agnes Zimmermann, a concert pianist, gave the £1,500 needed to build a church.  The foundation stone was laid on 28th September 1906 and the church was opened six months later on 6th March 1907.  The architect was a local one, Percy Dulvey Stonham (1877-1942).  Later in life he designed the impressive Anglican church of St Elizabeth, now a listed building, in Victoria Drive. 

St Agnes is fairly typical of an inexpensive early 20th century brick town church.  It serves its purpose well but is of no architectural distinction other than for its modest contribution to the townscape.          

Diocese: Arundel and Brighton

Architect: P D Stonham

Original Date: 1907

Conservation Area: No

Listed Grade: Not listed