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Iping Marsh, West Sussex
 

Church of Good Shepherd
Iping Marsh, West Sussex
AKA The Knapp Church

 
Recorded information
 
built- 1878.
architect- E P L Brock
closed- 1977 due to vandalism [source] -
after closure in 1977 and consequent vandalism,
it was declared redundant in 1980
[source]

declared redundant- 1 November 1980
demolished- 1986 [source]
burial ground remains
1978
Photo c.1970s

This isolated church near Milland was closed in 1977 due to vandalism, although not declared redundant until 1 November 1980.
Permission for its demolition was granted in 1981, although the graveyard was preserved. Also known as the Knapp Church, it was designed by E.P.L. Brock in the Early English style using black and red brick.[source]
 

 


Email from: Christopher Reiss
Sent: Tuesday, 25 March 2014
 
If anyone looks up the history of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Iping Marsh, the following is discovered- 'This tiny brick church was demolished after vandalism around 1977 or 1978' - no other explanation is given.
 
However, here is a different picture altogether:
 
In 1951, when I was 10, my recently retired father, the Rev. Horace Baggallay Reiss, died and was buried in the Iping Marsh churchyard. Shortly after his burial disciples of Aleister Crowley [1875-1947, Britain's chief satanist, one really nasty individual] held a ritualistic celebration at the Iping Marsh churchyard. They dug up graves and scattered bones, including my dad's.
 
My distraught mother was unable to cope, so my Uncle Dick [Richard Leopold Reiss] came down to sort things out for the family. He died in September, 1959. My best guess therefore, is that the churchyard and church were desecrated on 1 December 1957, the tenth anniversary of Crowley's death.
 
I have tried in vain to get any confirmation of these events, though a local churchwarden admitted to me and my wife in the late 1960s that the story was true. Officially, however, it did not take place. It seems it was decided by the police and the church authorities, that any publicity would be bad and likely to promote the group of satanists.
 

Sincerely
Chris Reiss
Florida USA
Rev. Horace Baggallay Reiss, Iping Marsh, West Sussex
Headstone, Rev. Horace Baggallay Reiss
photo - Lee Dixon, April 2014

 


 
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