Horsham – St Leonard

The low brick-built church was built in 1939 to the design of Godman and Kaye (BE(WE) p440) and its dedication recalls the nearly St Leonard’s forest in which there was a mediaeval chapel.

The church has no aisles, but the small round-headed windows are set high like a clerestory.  A tower was placed over the entrance on the north side, though it is very short and it is possible that it was intended to be higher.  It is surmounted by a curiously proportioned broach spire, with a very flattened base but this dates from c2000 (ibid) and may not be part of the original design.  The white-painted interior is very plain and has a plastered barrel-vault over the nave.  This is separated from the three-sided east end by an arch with an almost elliptical head.  The western part of the nave can be partitioned off to form a hall.

My thanks to Nick Wiseman for the photographs

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