Lancing College Chapel to be completed for bicentenary

Lancing College Chapel
Image caption A porch at the chapel's west end will complete the building

Work has started to complete of one of West Sussex's landmark buildings, 143 years after its construction began.

The west end of the Grade I listed, neo-Gothic, Lancing College Chapel was never built.

The Friends of Lancing Chapel are completing the building to celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of the chapel's founder.

A foundation stone is being laid at the west end after the annual Festival Service for the Friends.

'Modest but suitable'

Lancing College Chapel will be completed with a porch designed by the late Alan Rome, a former architect at the chapel.

In 1982, Mr Rome was commissioned to devise a solution for the west end.

Secretary of the Friends of Lancing College Chapel, Jeremy Tomlinson, said: "The porch that he designed completes the building in a modest but suitable way and we're determined to raise the money to do that."

Rear Admiral Sir Robert Woodard, great grandson of the chapel's founder Reverend Nathaniel Woodard, is laying the foundation stone at the west end after the annual Festival Service for the Friends on Saturday.

Planning permission was granted in 2009 and the foundations for the porch are in place. Construction will begin as soon as sufficient funds have been raised.

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