St Augustine of Canterbury Church, Scaynes Hill


Until 1930, Scaynes Hill was part of the ecclesiastical parish of Lindfield.

Between 1858 the building comprised the present nave built in the Gothic style to a design by G Habershon, a notable Victorian architect.  It served as a chapel of ease on Sundays and a school during the week.

In 1880, Frederic Willett inherited Bedales and became the voluntary priest in charge of St Augustine’s from 1881 until 1905.  On arrival he used his money to pay for the building of the tower, north aisle, south porch and chancel in a matching style by the same architect.  The school moving to new premises built further down the road.

The church has on a number of occasions been embellished by benefactors, including in 1902 the provision of a stained glass window designed by Charles Eamer Kempe of Old Place, Lindfield.

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