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Unitarian Chapel
Billingshurst, West Sussex
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Unitarian Chapel

High Street c.1900
A collection of Billingshurst Unitarian Chapel photographs
Part of the Sussex Trail

Baptist Chapel
Billingshurst -

Ann Hayward [Evershed]


Unitarian chapel entrance from High Street.
photo- Phil Dixon - - 12 Sep. 2011 - - enlarge - ref- 06

Billingshurst Unitarian Chapel
photo- Charlesdrakew - 26 August 2009 - - enlarge - - ref- 01

Billingshurst Unitarian Chapel
Founded in the 18th century as a General Baptist chapel. Listed at Grade II by English Heritage
photo- Matt Davis - 29 January 2011 - - enlarge - - ref- 02

looking from the rear of the buildings
photo - text- Matt Davis - 29 January 2011 - - enlarge - - ref- 03

Part of the graveyard at the front of Billingshurst Unitarian Chapel
photo- Matt Davis - 29 January 2011 - - enlarge - - ref- 04

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Unitarian chapel

The founders were William Turner and William Evershed, whose initials are recorded on a dated stone tablet inside. Evershed was a General Baptist preacher at Horsham who moved to a farm in Billingshurst in 1742; together with Turner he held and preached at small meetings in Billingshurst. The Evershed family have had a long-lasting connection with the chapel, more than 120 Eversheds of various generations, including William himself, are buried in the graveyard, a 'surprisingly big' area which surrounds the chapel and helps it 'make a display in spite of itself' and its modest architecture. After making plans for a chapel in the village in 1753, Turner and Evershed bought the site for three guineas [£420 as of 2011]. The chapel was registered for worship in October 1754; its date of founding makes it one of the oldest Nonconformist places of worship in the whole of southeast England


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