17 St James Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex RH19 1DL
The exterior is of painted roughcast with thin stone dressings. It is sited hard up to the road with a gabled west bay and then a massive tower the full width of the church. Single envelope beyond with an apsed east end. Inside the church is more Early Christian or Byzantine in feel. Barrel vaulted (in timber), plastered and with shallow lean-to aisles opening into short transepts with eastern chapels. Western gallery on a three-bay arcade. The interior is dominated by a baldachino that fills the sanctuary. Decoration is otherwise restrained, apart from the transept chapels. The open-back pine pews and the corona light fittings look original.
An individual, if a little austere, neo Romanesque church by Frederick Walters. Composed to give a sense of mass and scale beyond its relatively modest dimensions.
Architect: F A Walters
Original Date: 1898
Conservation Area: Yes
Listed Grade: Not Listed