George Fellowes Prynne

 

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BOGNOR REGIS West Sussex
St. Wilfrid

According to a brochure produced in 1905 to set up an appeal to fund the new building, the chancel, chapel and vestries were estimated to cost £2,800, the next section including nave and transepts £3,200, and the west end £4,165. Add to this the cost of the tower at £1,000, and you have a total cost for the building of some £12,000. The building would hold a congregation of up to 1,000.

Many typical Prynne features are here. Red brick/white stone of walls is both structural and decorative. It is a large enclosed space with Early English style arches, again using contrasting brick and stone to colourful effect. Chancel walls, but no screen, though hanging rood was intended judging from illustration in Examples of Modern Architects. (Compare St. Bartholemew, Battersea.) Furniture and dado surrounding pillars is stained green, a detail rarely retained these days, but clearly the architect’s intention. (See notes on St. Saviour, Ealing.)

Lady chapel altar rails added in 1920s at a cost of £32.

The architect’s son, Norman, is remembered in a sedilia-style War memorial in the Lady chapel, as an old boy of Holy Rood School. (This memorial is not by Fellowes Prynne.)

Incidentally, Pevsner, rarely easy to please when it came to Fellowes Prynne's work, described this building as hard and heartless also... Unfinished: no loss.

The card showing the exterior of the church was never posted, but is clearly not of the twenty-first century!  Life was different then...  The card of the interior, also not sent, is almost certainly from about the time of the consecration.

The photos – a little grainy, for which apologies – show the unusual green-tinted stall and pillar surrounds, the unusual stone pulpit and the classic Fellowes Prynne Lady chapel.