Consecration of St John's Chapel

Friday 25th January, 1822

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The Service of Consecration and Dedication of the Chapel of Ease in the Hamlet of Bognor was conducted by his Grace, Charles Manners Sutton, Archbishop of Canterbury (Bp of Norwich 1792, AB Canterbury 1805-28). The above shield which bears his crest together with a shield bearing the Royal Coat of Arms were donated by Thomas Smith of Bersted. After the demolition of the chapel the shield was transferred to the west wall of St. John's church in London Road and now hangs above the entrance door (from the porch) on the West wall of St. Wilfrid's church.

Consecration of St. Johnís Chapel - 1822

From the Liber Cleri, ref. Ep.IV/2/28 in the Chichester Diocesan records at WRSO

An Act of Consecration and Dedication of a certain freehold piece or parcel of land or ground situate in Bognor in the Parish of Southbersted in the County of Sussex and Deanery of Pagham within the peculiar jurisdiction of the Archbishop of Canterbury, together with the Building on the said piece or parcel of ground lately erected thereon as and for a Chapel or Place for the Celebration of divine Service according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the united Church of England and Ireland.

On Friday the twenty fifth day of January being the Festival of the conversion of Saint Paul, in the Year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and twenty two, between the hours of eleven and twelve in the morning of the same day, the most Reverend Father in God Charles by divine providence Archbishop of Canterbury, primate of all England and Metropolitan, in his Archiepiscopal Robes, attended by the Worshipful Maurice Swabey, Doctor of Civil Law, the Dean or Commissary of his Grace's peculiar jurisdiction aforesaid. And also by the Reverend Charles Webber, Archdeacon of Chichester, Frederick Gauntlett A.M., Henry Hall, Charles Bethel Ottley, Thomas White Cogan, and several other of the clergy in the vicinity of Bognor in their proper habit, and by William Leeves, esquire, Public Notary, entered the vestibule at the West End of the said building, where his Grace received from the hands of Sir William Dick, Baronet, a petition , which he delivered to the said William Leeves to be read, and which was accordingly read by him, in the words following -

To the most reverend Father in God Charles, by Divine Providence Lord Archbishop of Canterbury -
The humble petition of the Right Honorable Arthur Saunders, Earl of Arran, Sir William Dick of the Parish of Southbersted in the County of Sussex, Baronet, The Reverend John Phillips, Doctor in Divinity, Vicar of the Parish and Parish Church of Southbersted aforesaid, Thomas Smith of Bersted Lodge in Bognor in the County of Sussex, esquire, Richard Hasler of Bognor aforesaid esquire, James Woodman of the same place, Doctor of Physic, and Fletcher Wilkie of Barn Rocks aforesaid, esquire, a Lieutenant Colonel in His Majesty's forces -

Sheweth that in and by a certain indenture bearing date on or about the Sixth day of December instant and made between Daniel Wonham, Builder, of the first part, William Wickham the Younger, Butcher, of the second part, William Hardwicke, Brewer, of the third part, your petitioner John Phillips, The Reverend Samuel Gauntlett of New College Oxford, Doctor in Divinity, and your petitioner Thomas Smith (three of the principal subscribers to and promoters of the Chapel hereinafter mentioned) of the fourth part, and all your petitioners of the fifth part, purporting to be a Conveyance and Deed of Endowment of a Chapel or Place of Religious Worship at Bognor in the Parish of Southbersted aforesaid (which said Parish is within the peculiar jurisdiction of your Grace, and of the Parish Church whereof your Grace is the immediate Patron). For the several considerations in the said indenture now in recital mentioned a certain freehold piece or parcel of land or ground measuring from North to South as well on the East as also on the West side thereof seventy feet (more or less) and from East to West as well of the North as also on the South side thereof ninety feet more or less as the same piece or parcel of ground with the abuttals and boundaries thereof is more particularly described and delineated in the plan drawn in the margin of the said indenture. Together with a certain building or Chapel or intended Chapel lately erected and now standing and being on the said piece or parcel of ground or on some part thereof, the scite of which said building or Chapel is also marked and delineated by red lines in the said plan drawn in the margin of the said indenture. And all the furniture, ornaments, pews, seats, desks, galleries, bells, doors, fastenings, fixtures and appurtenances to the said Chapel or intended Chapel belonging or appertaining, together with the rights, members and appurtenances thereof, were conveyed and assured unto and to the use of your petitioners, their heirs and assigns for ever.

Upon trust in the first place and to the intend (sic) that they your said petitioners should use their endeavours to procure your Grace to consecrate the said building or Chapel or intended Chapel to the honour and worship of God, according to the Liturgy of the Church of England, and should from and immediately after such consecration permit and suffer the same building or Chapel with the ground and appurtenances to be appropriated and set apart and used for ever thereafter as and for a place of worship for the celebration of divine service therein according to the rules and ceremonies of the Church of England for the use and accommodation of the several purchasers and renters of pews therein for the time being and also of the inhabitants and visitors of the said Hamlet of Bognor in general, subject to such regulation as in the said indenture are set forth and expressed.

Now therefore in pursuance of the trust reposed in your said petitioners, they humbly pray that your Grace will be pleased to consecrate the said Chapel or cause and procure the same to be consecrated according to the tenor and purport, true intent and meaning of the said indenture. Witness our hands this sixth day of December in the year of our Lord 1821.
Arran. Wm. Dick. John Phillips. Thos. Smith. Richd. Hasler. James Woodman. Fletcher Wilkie.

And his Grace having approved such petition and declared that he was ready to consecrate the said piece or parcel of ground and the said building erected thereon as and for a chapel as aforesaid according to the prayer of such petition, he together with the said Maurice Swabey and the said clergy entered into the said Chapel or building, and proceeded up the same to the altar repeating alternately with the clergy attending him the Twenty Fourth Psalm, his Grace beginning thus:
1. The Earth is the Lord's, and all that therein is: the compass of the world, and they that dwell therein.
2. For he hath founded it upon the seas: and prepared it upon the floods.
3. Who shall ascend unto the hill of the Lord, or who shall rise up in his Holy place ?
4. Even he that hath clean hands; and a pure heart; and that hath not lift up his mind unto vanity, nor sworn to deceive his neighbour.
5. He shall receive the blessing from the Lord and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
6. This is the generation of then that seek him even of them that seek thy face O Jacob
7. Lift up your heads, O ye gates, and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors: and the King of Glory shall come in.
8. Who is the King of Glory ? It is the Lord, strong and mighty, even the Lord, mighty in battle.
9. Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors: and the King of Glory shall come in.
10. Who is the King of Glory ? Even the Lord of Hosts, he is the King of Glory.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son: and to the Holy Ghost: As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end, Amen.

And his Grace coming to the Communion Table, and being seated in a chair provided for that purpose, the said Sir William Dick presented to him the Deed of Conveyance and Endowment of the said Chapel which his Grace places on the Communion Table and standing on the North side thereof and turning himself to the congregation, said -

"Dearly beloved in the Lord, forasmuch as devout and holy men, as well under the Law as under the Gospel, moved either by the secret inspiration of the Blessed Spirit, or by express command of God, by their own reason and sense of the natural decency of things, have erected houses for the public worship of God, and separated them from all profane and common uses, in order to fill men's minds with greater reverence for his glorious majesty, and affect their hearts with more devotion and humility in his service, which pious works have been approved and graciously accepted by our heavenly Father. Let us not doubt but he will also graciously approve this our godly purpose of setting apart this place, in a solemn manner, to the performance of the several offices of religious worship; and let us faithfully and devoutly beg his blessing on this our undertaking."

Then the Archbishop, kneeling down, said the following prayer:
"O eternal God, mighty in power, and of majesty incomprehensible, whom the heaven of heavens cannot contain, much less the walls of temples made with hands, and who yet has been graciously pleased to promise they especial presence in whatever place even two or three of thy faithful servants shall assemble in thy name to offer their supplications and their praises to thee; Vouchsafe, O Lord, to be now present with us who are gathered here together to consecrate this place with all humility and readiness of heart to the honour of thy great name, separating it from henceforth from all unhallowed, ordinary and common uses, dedicating it entirely to thy service, for reading therein thy most Holy Word, for celebrating they Holy Sacrament, for offering to thy glorious Majesty the sacrifice of prayer and thanksgiving, for blessing thy people in thy name. Accept, O Lord, this service, and bless it with such success as may tend most to thy glory and the furtherance of our happiness, both temporal and spiritual, through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen."

Then the Archbishop, standing up, and turning towards the people, said the following prayer:
"Grant, O Lord, that whosoever shall receive in this place the blessed sacrament of the body and blood of Christ, thy Son, may come to that holy ordinance with Faith, Charity and true Repentance, and, being filled with thy grace and heavenly benedictions, may to their great and endless comfort obtain remission of their sins and all other benefits of his passion. Amen."
"Grant, O Lord, that by thy holy word, which shall be read and preached within this place, the hearers thereof may both perceive and know what things they ought to do, and may have grace and power to fulfil the same. Amen".
"Grant, we beseech thee, blessed Lord, that whosoever shall draw near unto thee in this place to give thee thanks for the great benefits they have received at they hands, to set forth thy most worthy praise, to confess their sins unto thee, humbly to beg thy pardon for what they have done amiss, or to ask such other things as are requisite and necessary as well for the body as the soul; may do it with that steadfastness of faith, that seriousness of attention, and devout affection of the mind, that thou mayst accept their bounden duty and service and vouchsafe to them whatsoever else in thy infinite wisdom thou shalt see to be most expedient for them; and this we beg for Jesus Christ his sake, our blessed Lord and Saviour. Amen."

After which, the Archbishop being seated, he directed the Sentence of Consecration to be read, which being done, by the said Maurice Swabey, his Grace signed and promulged (sic) the same, and directed the Registrar to register the same, together with the Petition and Deed of Conveyance and Endowment, in the Muniment Books of the Office among other records. Which Sentence and Deed of Conveyance and Endowment were read accordingly in the words following:

In the name of God, Amen.
Whereas the Right Honorable Arthur Saunders, Earl of Arran, Sir William Dick of the Parish of Southbersted in the County of Sussex, and within the Deanery of Pagham of our Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Christ Canterbury immediate and peculiar jurisdiction, Baronet, the Reverend John Phillips, Doctor in Divinity, late Vicar of the Vicarage and Parish Church of Southbersted aforesaid, and of our immediate patronage (since deceased) Thomas Smith of Bersted Lodge in the County of Sussex esquire, Richard Hasler of Bognor aforesaid esquire, James Woodman of the same place, Doctor of Physic, and Fletcher Wilkie of Barn Rocks near Bognor aforesaid esquire, a Lieutenant Colonel in his Majesty's forces, have humbly represented to us that in and by a certain indenture bearing date on or about the Sixth day of December now last past and made between Daniel Wonham, Builder, of the first part, William Wickham the Younger, Butcher, of the second part, William Hardwicke, Brewer, of the third part, the said John Phillips, the Reverend Samuel Gauntlett of New College, Oxford, Doctor in Divinity, and the said Thomas Smith (three of the principal subscribers to and promoters of the Chapel hereinafter mentioned) of the fourth part, and all the said petitioners of the fifth part, purporting to be a Conveyance and Deed of Endowment of the said Chapel now erected and built at Bognor in the Parish of Southbersted aforesaid, and that for the several considerations in the said indenture mentioned A certain freehold piece of parcel of land or ground measuring from North to South as well on the East as also on the West side thereof seventy feet (more or less) and from East to West as well on the North as also on the South side thereof ninety feet more or less, as the same piece or parcel of ground with the abuttals and boundaries thereof is more particularly described and delineated in the plan drawn in the margin of the said indenture, together with the building or intended Chapel lately erected and now standing thereon, (the scite of which said building or Chapel is also marked and delineated by red lines in the said plan drawn in the margin of the said indenture) were, with all the furniture, ornaments, pews, seats, desks, galleries, bells, doors, fastenings, fixtures and appurtenances, conveyed and assured unto and to the use of the said petitioners their heirs and assigns for ever. Upon trust in the first place and to the intent that they the said petitioners should use their endeavours to procure the consecration of the said building or Chapel to the honour and worship of God according to the Liturgy of the Church of England, and should from and immediately after such consecration permit and suffer the same building or Chapel with the ground and appurtenances to be appropriated and set apart and used for ever thereafter as and for a place of worship, for the celebration of divine service therein according to the rites and ceremonies of the Church of England for the use and accommodation of the several purchasers and renters of pews therein for the time being and also of the inhabitants and visitors of the said Hamlet of Bognor in general, subject to such regulations as in the said indenture are set forth and expressed. And whereas the surviving petitioners in pursuance of the trust reposed in them as aforesaid have humbly prayed that we will be pleased to consecrate the said Chapel according to the tenor, true intent and meaning of the said indenture.

We therefore, Charles, by divine providence Archbishop of Canterbury, Primate of all England and Metropolitan, favouring the said petition, and in compliance with the prayer of the said petitioners, by virtue of our power ordinary and Archi-episcopal, do separate and set apart the said piece or parcel of land or ground, together with this (the said) building or Chapel lately erected and now standing and being thereon, from all former and profane uses whatsoever, and do appropriate, dedicate and consecrate the said building as and for a Chapel and the said piece or parcel of ground whereupon the same is erected and now standing, for the service of Almighty God; and for us and our successors, and. So far as by the Laws and Statutes of this Realm we may or can, as and for a place of divine worship, according to the rites and ceremonies of the United Church of England and Ireland, for the use and accommodation of the several purchasers and renters of pews therein for the time being, and also of the inhabitants and visitors of the said Hamlet of Bognor in general. And we do moreover openly and publicly pronounce decree and declare the said piece or parcel of land or ground whereupon the said building or Chapel is erected, and also the said building or Chapel, to be so separated, set apart, appropriated, dedicated and consecrated from henceforth for ever, and that the same ought so to remain by this our definitive sentence and final decree, which we read and promulge by these presents.
C. Cantuar

The above sentence was read, signed, promulged and given by the above named Charles Archbishop of Canterbury on Friday the Twenty Fifth day of January, being the Festival of the Conversion of Saint Paul, in the Year of our Lord Christ One thousand eight hundred and twenty two, in the Chapel therein mentioned to be consecrated, in the presence of me:
Wm. Leeves, Public Notary

This indenture made the Sixth day of December in the Year of our Lord One Thousand eight hundred and twenty one between Daniel Wonham of Bognor in the Parish of Southbersted in the County of Sussex, Builder, of the first part; William Wickham the Younger of the City of Chichester in the said County, Butcher, of the second part; William Hardwicke of Bognor aforesaid, Brewer, of the third part; the Reverend John Phillips, Doctor in Divinity, Vicar of the Vicarage and Parish Church of Southbersted aforesaid and in the Deanery of Pagham, the peculiar and immediate jurisdiction of the Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Christ, Canterbury, the Reverend Samuel Gauntlett of New College Oxford, Doctor in Divinity and Thomas Smith of Bersted Lodge in Bognor aforesaid esquire (three of the principal subscribers and promoters of the Chapel hereinafter mentioned, and the foundation or government whereof is hereinafter established) of the fourth part; and the Right Honorable Arthur Saunders Earl of Arran, Sir William Dick ofd the Parish of Southbersted aforesaid, Baronet, the said John Phillips, the said Thomas Smith, Richard Hasler of Bognor aforesaid esquire, James Woodman of the same place, Doctor in Physic, and Fletcher Wilkie of Barn Rocks near Bognor aforesaid esquire, a Lieutenant Colonel of his Majesty's Forces of the fifth part.

Whereas by indentures of lease and release bearing date respectively on or about the first and second days of September One thousand eight hundred and fourteen and made or expressed to be made between James Tomsett of the Parish of Southbersted aforesaid, Housebuilder, of the one part, and Richard Scott, then or late of Kensington Square in the County of Middlesex esquire of the other part All that field or close or parcel of meadow land containing nine customary acres more or less, situate in Bognor aforesaid, thereinbefore described to have been then late in the occupation of Susannah Pink lying near the sea and bounded on the North and West by the High road leading from Chichester to Bognor Hotel, on the South by the sea, and on the East by the land then late of Mrs Cowan Was (with other lands and hereditaments) directed, limited and appointed, granted and released unto and to the use of the said Richard Scott and his heirs. Upon trust that he the said Richard Scott and his heirs should as soon as conveniently could be sell convey or otherwise dispose of the same field, close or parcel of land and other hereditaments and premises either together or in parcels to any person or persons willing to become the purchaser or purchasers thereof for the best price or prices that could be reasonably had or obtained for the same. And it was thereby (amongst other things) declared that the receipt or receipts of the said Richard Scott, his heirs or assigns for any sum or sums of money payable or to arise or become due under or by virtue of the said indenture of release now in recital should be sufficient and effectual discharges to the person or persons paying the same respectively for so much thereof as in such receipt or receipts should be expressed or acknowledged to be received, and that such person or persons should not be answerable for any loss misapplication or non-application thereof.

And whereas by certain other indentures of lease and release bearing date respect-ively the first and second days of November one thousand eight hundred and nineteen and made or expressed to be made between the said Richard Scott of the first part; the said James Tomsett of the second part; the said Daniel Wonham of the third part; the said William Wickham of the fourth part; James Wolferstan of the City of Chichester, Jeweller, of the fifth part; and the said William Hardwicke of the sixth part. Reciting in the said last mentioned indenture of release as or to the effect hereinbefore recited. And also reciting that the said Richard Scott with the approbation of the said James Tomsett had contracted and agreed to sell and convey the piece or parcel of land thereinafter particularly described or mentioned (being part of the said close or field comprized in the above recited indentures) unto the said Daniel Wonham at or for the price or sum of one hundred pounds. It is by the said indenture of release now in recital witnessed that in consideration of one hundred pounds by the said Daniel Wonham paid to the said Richard Scott and for the nominal consideration therein expressed, He the said Richard Scott with the privity, consent and approbation and by the direction and appointment of the said James Tomsett bargained, sold, aliened and released, and the said James Tomsett granted, bargained, sold, released and confirmed unto the said Daniel Wonham and to his heirs: All that piece or parcel of land being part of the said field or close situate in Bognor aforesaid and measuring from North to South on the West side or front thereof next to a new intended carriage road one hundred and five feet or thereabouts, and on the East side next to a back road seventy feet, and from East to West at the South end thereof ninety one feet, and at the extreme north end twenty four feet or thereabouts, and bounded on the North partly by the High road leading from Chichester to Bognor Hotel, and partly by premises belonging to the said Daniel Wonham, on the East partly by other premises belonging to the said Daniel Wonham and partly by the said back road or way sixteen feet wide, on the South by other part of the said field or close remaining unsold, and on the West by the said intended carriage road twenty five feet wide leading from the front of the said piece or parcel of land into the King's Highway aforesaid. And also a right of way with horses carts and carriages for all lawful purposes whatsoever in upon and over the said roads in the front and back of the said piece or parcel of land, the said Daniel Wonham, his heirs and assigns, keeping the said roads opposite to the said piece of land in good repair according to his and their usage of the same. And likewise a right for him the said Daniel Wonham, his heirs and assignes, and their tenants and lodgers to walk (but not with horses or carriages to go or drive) in upon and over a certain Steyne or open place of meadow land about fifty feet wide to be left for ever in front of the said piece of land thereby released, which said piece of land, roads and Steyne were more particularly delineated in the map thereof in the margin of the now reciting indenture of release. To hold the same unto the said Daniel Wonham and his heirs to the uses upon and for the trusts intents and purposes, and with under and subject to the powers, provisoes, agreements and declarations thereinafter expressed and declared of and concerning the same (that is to say) To the use of such person or persons and for such estates and interests, and in such shares and proportions and in such manner as the said Daniel Wonham should - by any deed or writing to be duly executed in the presence of and attested by one or more witness or witnesses or by his last Will and Testament to be duly executed and attested - direct limit or appoint, and in default of such direction, limitation or appointment, to the use of the said Daniel Wonham and his assigns for and during the term of his natural life without impeachment of waste and after the determination of that estate in his lifetime. To the use of the said William Wickham and his heirs during the life of the aid Daniel Wonham. But in trust for the said Daniel Wonham during such his life and to prevent any wife of the said Daniel Wonham from being entitled to dower out of or in the premises or any part thereof. And after the decease of the said Daniel Wonham To the use of the heirs and assigns of the said Daniel Wonham for ever. And after reciting in the said indenture of release now in recital that by an indenture bearing date the Twenty third day of May One thousand eight hundred and ten and made between the said Richard Scott of the first part, the said James Tomsett of the second part, and the said James Wolferstan of the third part, a certain term of ten thousand years which by indenture dated the tenth day of May in the seventeenth year of the reign of Queen Elizabeth was granted by John Dingley, esquire, Lord of the Manor of Aldwick, of and in the said close unto one Roger Mitchell, became legally vested in the said James Wolferstan in trust for the said James Tomsett, his heirs, appointees and assigns, and to attend the inheritance of the same.

It is by the now reciting indenture further witnessed that for the considerations thereinbefore expressed and for the further consideration therein mentioned, the said James Wolferstan at the request and by the direction of the said Richard Scott and James Tomsett bargained, sold, assigned and set over unto the said William Hardwicke, his executors administrators and assigns All such part and so much of the close of land comprized in the said term of ten thousand years as was thereinbefore released with the appurtenances. To hold the same unto the said William Hardwicke, his executors administrators and assigns thenceforth for and during all the residue and remainder of the said term of ten thousand years. But in trust nevertheless for the said Daniel Wonham and his heirs according to the uses to which the same were thereby limited as aforesaid and to be assigned and disposed of as the said Daniel Wonham, his heirs appointees or assigns should direct or appoint, and in the meantime to permit and suffer the said term to go along with and be subservient to the freehold and inheritance of the said hereditaments and premises to protect the same from all mesne incumbrances.

And whereas since the date and execution of the said last recited indentures the said Daniel Wonham hath erected, on part of the piece or parcel of land comprized in and conveyed by the same indentures, a building designed for and intended to be used as a Chapel or place of religious worship, and hath expended a considerable sum of money thereon. And whereas the Parish Church of Southbersted (which is in the peculiar jurisdiction of the Lord Archbishop of Canterbury and of which the said Archbishop is the immediate patron) is situated at a distance from the Village of Bognor which is within the said parish of Southbersted and it is therefore at present very inconvenient for the inhabitants of the said village and the numerous persons frequenting the same during the Summer and Autumn months to resort to or attend divine worship at the said parish church. And whereas the said John Phillips, Samuel Gauntlett and Thomas Smith with the pious motive of relieving the inhabitants and visitors of the said Village of Bognor from the above mentioned inconvenience, and in order that a proper and convenient place for the due celebration of divine worship according to the rites and ceremonies of the Church of England may be provided for their accommodation and use within or nearly contiguous to the said Village of Bognor, have lately entered into a contract or agreement with the above named Daniel Wonham for the absolute purchase of the said building or Chapel so erected and built by him as aforesaid, and which is well adapted for the purposes aforesaid, together with the ground whereon the same hath been erected and built and is now standing, and the fixtures and appurtenances thereto belonging, and the inheritance thereof in fee simple in possession free from all incumbrances at or for the price or sum of one thousand six hundred and fifty pounds, which said sum of one thousand six hundred and fifty pounds, together with the amount of all the costs, charges and expences attending the fitting up and furnishing the said Chapel, and of endowing and consecrating the same, and also the expenses of preparing and executing these presents and of inrolling the same in the High Court of Chancery as by law is required, and all the other incidental expenses, they the said John Phillips, Samuel Gauntlett and Thomas Smith have undertaken and agreed to raise and contribute amongst themselves by subscription and by sale of pews in the proportions and manner hereinafter mentioned and expressed.

And whereas for the further effectuating the objects and views of the said several parties hereto, and in order and to the intent that the said Chapel or building so agreed to be purchased of the said Daniel Wonham as aforesaid may be forthwith duly consecrated and set apart and dedicated to the service of Almighty God as and for a place of divine worship for ever, it hath been agreed by and between all the said parties to these presents that the said Chapel or building with the ground and appurtenances thereto belonging, and all the fixtures and effects therein, shall be conveyed and assured unto and to the use of or otherwise vested, in the said Earl of Arran, Sir William Dick, John Phillips, Thomas Smith, Richard Hasler, James Woodman and Fletcher Wilkie, their heirs and assigns, and shall so for ever remain vested in them or their successors to be appointed in the manner hereinafter expressed. Upon the several trusts and to and for the several ends, intents and purposes, and with under and subject to the several powers, provisoes, rules, regulations, stipulations, declarations and agreements hereinafter expressed, declared and contained of and concerning the same.

And accordingly the said Daniel Wonham, upon the application and request of the said John Phillips, Samuel Gauntlett and Thomas Smith, hath consented and agreed on receipt of the said purchase money or sum of one thousand six hundred and fifty pounds to make and execute such an appointment and also such grant, bargain and sale or other assurance to the said trustees of the same Chapel or building with the fixtures, ground and appurtenances thereto belonging as hereinafter is expressed and contained.

And whereas the said John Phillips, Samuel Gauntlet and Thomas Smith have already subscribed and contributed towards the purchase, fitting up and endowment of the said Chapel and other expenses incidental thereto the several sums of money following (that is to say): The said John Phillips the sum of six hundred pounds. The said Samuel Gauntlett the sum of five hundred pounds. And the said Thomas Smith the sum of three hundred pounds. And they have also raised for the like purpose by the promised sale of pews in the said intended Chapel the further sums of money following, that is to say, the sum of two hundred pounds by the sale of two pews in the body of the said Chapel, and numbered respectively 35 and 49, and eight servants sittings to the said Arthur Saunders, Earl of Arran. The like sum of two hundred pounds by the sale of two pews in the body of the said chapel numbered respectively 37 and 51 and eight servants sittings to the said Thomas Smith. The sum of one hundred pounds by the sale of one pew in the body of the said Chapel and numbered 21 and four servants sittings to Thomas Hankey esquire. The like sum of one hundred pounds by the sale of two small pews in the gallery of the said Chapel numbered respectively 5 and 6 and four servants sittings to Charles Edward Wilsonn esquire, and the further sum of fifty pounds by the sale of one pew in the body of the said chapel and numbered 19 and two servants sittings to Miss Charlotte Jane Collins.

Which said several sums so already subscribed and raised as aforesaid amount together to the sum of two thousand and fifty pounds and out of which as well as the said purchase money or sum of one thousand six hundred and fifty pounds, as also the sum of two hundred pounds for the endowment of the said Chapel and all other expenses attending the fitting up, consecrating and completing the same are to be forthwith raised and paid. But nevertheless it is understood and agreed that the several sums of six hundred pounds, five hundred pounds and three hundred pounds so respectively subscribed by the said John Phillips, Samuel Gauntlett and Thomas Smith as aforesaid are only to be considered as or in the nature of a loan until the repayment thereof respectively with interest for the same after the rate of five pounds per cent per annum can be provided for by the means and in the manner hereinafter expressed.

And whereas in further pursuance and performance of the above mentioned arrangements and agreements, and in order that some certain provision may be made for the Minister for the time being officiating in the said Chapel in addition to and over and above the yearly sum of one hundred pounds hereinafter directed to be paid or allowed him out of or from the rents issues and profits of the said intended Chapel and the pews therein remaining unsold, the said John Phillips, Samuel Gauntlett and Thomas Smith have laid out and invested the sum of two hundred pounds sterling (part of the said sum of two thousand and fifty pounds so subscribed and raised as aforesaid) in the purchase of the sum of two hundred and fifty eight pounds and eighteen shillings three per cent Consolidated Bank Annuities in the joint names of the said Earl of Arran, Sir William Dick, John Phillips and Samuel Gauntlett, and the said sum of two hundred and fifty eight pounds and eighteen shillings three per cent Consolidated Bank Annuities is now accordingly standing in their joint names in the transfer books kept at the Bank of England as they do hereby acknowledge and declare.

And whereas it hath been agreed and is intended that the Reverend Frederick Gauntlett, Master of Arts of the University of Oxford shall be appointed the first Minister or Chaplain to officiate in the said Chapel provided the said Lord Archbishop will consecrate the same Chapel and approve of and sanction such appointment Now this indenture witnesseth that in further pursuance and performance of the above mentioned contract and agreements and for effectuating and carrying into execution the several objects and views of the said parties to these presents in the manner hereinbefore and also hereinafter more particularly mentioned and expressed, and also for and in consideration of the sum of one thousand six hundred and fifty pounds of lawful money of Great Britain to the said Daniel Wonham in hand at or before the sealing and delivery of these presents well and truly paid by the said John Phillips, Samuel Gauntlett and Thomas Smith from and out of the monies so subscribed and raised by them as aforesaid, the receipt and payment of which sum of one thousand six hundred and fifty pounds and that the same is in full for the absolute purchase of the said Chapel or building with the ground and appurtenances thereto belonging and all the fixtures and effects belonging to him the said Daniel Wonham in or about the same, he the said Daniel Wonham doth hereby admit and acknowledge and of and from the same and every part thereof doth acquit release and for ever discharge the said John Phillips, Samuel Gauntlett and Thomas Smith and also the several persons, parties hereto of the fifth part, and each and every of them, their and each and every of their heirs executors and administrators by these presents and also for and in consideration of the sum of ten shillings of like lawful money to the said Daniel Wonham in hand at the same time also well and truly paid by the said several persons, parties hereto of the fifth part, the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, he the said Daniel Wonham at the instance and request an by the direction and appointment of the said John Phillips, Samuel Gauntlett and Thomas Smith (testified by their being parties to and severally sealing and delivering these presents) and in pursuance and exercise and by force and virtue of the power or authority to him for this purpose given, limited or reserved in and by or by virtue of the said hereinbefore in part recited indenture of release of the second day of November one thousand eight hundred and nineteen and of all and every or any other power or powers, authority or authorities whatsoever to him for this purpose given limited or reserved, in him vested or in anywise enabling authorising or empowering him in this behalf Hath directed limited and appointed and by this present deed or writing duly executed by him the said Daniel Wonham in the presence of and attested by the two credible persons whose names are or are intended to be hereupon indorsed as witnesses thereto and also intended to be forthwith inrolled in His Majesty's High Court of Chancery Doth fully, absolutely and irrevocably direct, limit and appoint that the piece or parcel of land or ground hereinafter described or referred unto and mentioned or intended to be hereby granted, bargained, sold and confirmed (being part of the piece or parcel of land mentioned and comprized in and conveyed and assured by the said recited indentures of lease and release of the first and second days of November one thousand eight hundred and nineteen) together with the Chapel or building erected or built and now standing and being in or upon the said first mentioned piece or parcel of land or ground or on some part thereof, and all the fixtures and effects belonging to him the said Daniel Wonham in or about the same, and also all and singular other the premises hereinafter more particularly ,mentioned or referred to and intended to be hereby granted, bargained sold and considered with their and every of their rights members and appurtenances, shall henceforth and at all times for ever hereafter go, remain continue and be, and that the said last mentioned indentures shall, as to and concerning the same piece or parcel of land or ground , Chapel or building, fixtures and premises, operate and enure to and for the only proper use and behoof of the said Earl of Arran, Sir William Dick, John Phillips, Thomas Smith, Richard Hasler, James Woodman and Fletcher Wilkie, their heirs and assigns for ever.

But nevertheless upon the several trusts and to and for the several ends, intents and purposes and with, under and subject to the several powers, provisoes, rules, regulations, stipulations, declarations and agreements hereinafter expressed declared and contained of and concerning the same.

And this indenture also witnesseth that for the several considerations and purposes aforesaid, and for the further and better conveying and assuring the said piece or parcel of land or ground, Chapel or building and premises hereinbefore appointed or mentioned and intended so to be with the appurtenances unto and to the use of the said Earl of Arran, Sir William Dick, John Phillips, Thomas Smith, Richard Hasler, James Woodman and Fletcher Wilkie, their heirs and assigns. Upon the trusts and for the purposes hereinafter mentioned and declared thereof, and also for and in consideration of the sum of ten shillings of lawful money aforesaid by the said several last mentioned persons to each of them the said William Wickham and Daniel Wonham in hand at or before the execution of these presents well and truly paid, the respective receipts whereof are hereby acknowledged.

He the said William Wickham at the request and by the direction of the said Daniel Wonham (testified by his executing these presents) hath according to his estate and interest in the premises bargained and sold, and by these presents doth bargain and sell. And the said Daniel Wonham at the instance and request and by the direction and appointment of the said John Phillips, Samuel Gauntlett and Thomas Smith (testified as aforesaid) hath granted, bargained, sold, aliened, ratified and confirmed, and by this present indenture or deed of bargain and sale intended to be forthwith inrolled in the said Court of Chancery pursuant to the directions of the Statute in that case made and provided, doth fully and absolutely grant, bargain, sell, alien, ratify and confirm unto the said Earl of Arran, Sir William Dick, John Phillips, Thomas Smith, Richard Hasler, James Woodman and Fletcher Wilkie, their heirs and assigns:

All that piece or parcel of land or ground (being heretofore part and parcel of the said field or close situate in Bognor aforesaid containing nine customary acres) measuring from North to South as well on the East as also on the West sides thereof seventy feet (be the same little more or less) and from East to West as well on the North as also on the South sides thereof ninety feet (be the same little more or less) as the same piece or parcel of ground with the abuttals and boundaries thereof is more particularly described and delineated in the plan drawn in the margin of these presents. Together with the said building or Chapel or intended Chapel so erected and built and now standing and being on the said piece or parcel of ground or on some part thereof as aforesaid (the scite of which said building or Chapel is also marked and delineated by red lines in the said plan drawn in the margin of these presents) and all the furniture, ornaments, pews, seats, desks, galleries, bells, doors, fastenings, fixtures and appurtenances to the said Chapel or intended Chapel belonging or in anywise appertaining. And together also with all ways, roads, paths, passages, waters, watercourses, walls, mounds, fences, lights, easements, liberties, privileges, profits, commodities, advantages, emoluments, rights, members and appurtenances whatsoever to the said piece or parcel of land or ground and building or Chapel or intended Chapel, and other hereditaments and premises hereinbefore mentioned to be hereby granted, bargained, sold and confirmed, or intended so to be, belonging or in anywise appertaining or therewith held, used, occupied or enjoyed or accepted, reputed, deemed, taken or known as or for part, parcel or members thereof, or as appurtenant or incident thereto (save and except and always reserved out of these presents the fence and stable walls on the North side of the said piece or parcel of land or ground). And the reversion and reversions, remainder and remainders, rents, issues and profits of all and singular the said premises And also all the estate, right, title, interest, inheritance, use, trust, property, possession, benefit, advantage, claim and demand whatsoever, both at law and in equity of them the said Daniel Wonham and William Wickham and of each of them of in to or out of the same piece or parcel of land or ground and building or chapel or intended chapel and other hereditaments and premises hereinbefore granted, bargained, sold and confirmed or expressed and intended so to be, and every or any part or parcel thereof Together with the above recited indentures of lease and release of the first and second days of November one thousand eight hundred and nineteen, and all other deeds, evidences and writings relating to or concerning the said premises or any part thereof now in the custody power or possession of him the said Daniel Wonham, or which he can obtain without suit at law or equity.

To have and to hold the said piece or parcel of land or ground and building or Chapel or intended Chapel with the fixtures, furniture and effects therein, and all and singular other the hereditaments and premises hereinbefore mentioned to be hereby granted, bargained, sold ans confirmed, or expressed and intended so to be with their and every of their appurtenances unto and for the only proper use and behoof of the said Earl of Arran, Sir William Dick, John Phillips, Thomas Smith, Richard Hasler, James Woodman and Fletcher Wilkie, their heirs and assigns for ever. But nevertheless upon and for the several trusts, ends, intents and purposes and with, under and subject to the several powers, provisoes, rules, regulations, stipulations, declarations and agreements hereinafter expressed, declared and contained of and concerning the same.

And this indenture further witnesseth that for the several considerations and purposes aforesaid, and to the end and intent that all the now residue and remainder of the above mentioned term of ten thousand years (if the same is still subsisting) may as to, for and concerning the said piece or parcel of land or ground and building or Chapel or intended Chapel and other hereditaments and premises hereby appointed, granted, bargained and sold or otherwise assured or intended so to be, become and be henceforth merged and extinguished in, or consolidated with the reversion, freehold and inheritance thereof so hereby vested or intended to be vested in the said Earl of Arran, Sir William Dick, John Phillips, Thomas Smith, Richard Hasler, James Woodman and Fletcher Wilkie, their heirs and assigns as aforesaid, and also for and in consideration of the sum of ten shillings of lawful money aforesaid by them the said last named parties to the said William Hardwicke in hand at or before the sealing and delivery of these presents well and truly paid (the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged). He the said William Hardwicke at the instance and request and by the direction and appointment as well of the said Daniel Wonham as of the said John Phillips, Samuel Gauntlett and Thomas Smith (testified by their severally executing these presents) hath bargained, sold, assigned, surrendered, released and yielded up, and by these presents doth bargain, sell, assign, surrender, release and yield up unto the said Earl of Arran, Sir William Dick, John Phillips, Thomas Smith, Richard Hasler, James Woodman and Fletcher Wilkie, their heirs and assigns: All that, the said piece or parcel of land or ground with the said building or Chapel or intended Chapel thereupon erected and built, and all other the hereditaments and premises hereinbefore appointed, granted, bargained, sold and confirmed or otherwise assured or intended so to be, with the appurtenances or so much and such part or parts thereof as is or are comprized in subject to or affected by the said term of ten thousand years created or granted in and by the above mentioned indenture dated the tenth day of May in the seventeenth year of the reign of Queen Elizabeth.

And all the estate, right, title, interest, term and terms of years, trust, property, possession, benefit, advantage, claim and demand whatsoever, both at law and in equity of him the said William Hardwicke of, in, to or out of the same premises, and every or any part or parcel thereof, to the end, intent and purpose that all the now rest, residue and remainder of the same term of ten thousand years (if still subsisting) may henceforth become and be absolutely merged and extinguished in or consolidated with the reversion, freehold and inheritance of the same hereditaments and premises so hereby vested in the said Earl of Arran, Sir William Dick, John Phillips, Thomas Smith, Richard Hasler, James Woodman and Fletcher Wilkie, their heirs and assigns as aforesaid, and to or for or upon no other end, intent or purpose. And the said William Hardwicke doth hereby for himself, his heirs, executors and administrators (and so far as relates to or concerns his own acts and deeds only).

And the said William Wickham doth hereby for himself, his heirs, executors and administrators (and so far as relates to or concerns his own acts and deeds only) respectively covenant, promise, declare and agree to and with the said Earl of Arran, Sir William Dick, John Phillips, Thomas Smith, Richard Hasler, James Woodman and Fletcher Wilkie, their heirs and assigns That they the said William Hardwicke and William Wickham have not, nor hath either of them at any time heretofore, made, done, executed or committed or knowingly permitted or suffered to be made or done, or been party or privy to any act, deed, matter or thing whatsoever whereby or by means whereof the said piece or parcel of ground and building or Chapel or intended Chapel and other the hereditaments and premises hereby by them respectively assigned and surrendered, bargained and sold, or otherwise assured or intended so to be, or any part thereof is, are, can, shall or may be impeached, charged, affected or incumbered in title, term, charge, estate or otherwise howsoever.

And the said Daniel Wonham for himself, his heirs, executors and administrators doth covenant, promise, grant and agree to and with the said Earl of Arran, Sir William Dick, John Phillips, Thomas Smith, Richard Hasler, James Woodman and Fletcher Wilkie, their heirs and assigns, by these presents in manner following (that is to say) that for or notwithstanding any act, deed, matter or thing whatsoever by him the said Daniel Wonham, or any person or persons lawfully or equitably claiming by, from, through, under or in trust for him had, made, done, committed or suffered to the contrary, The power of appointment hereinbefore exercised by him the said Daniel Wonham or intended so to be was well and effectually created by the said recited indentures of lease and release of the first and second days of November one thousand eight hundred and nineteen, and now is, at the time of the sealing and delivery of these present, a good, valid and subsisting power and is not in anywise merged, defeated, destroyed, extinguished, suspended or otherwise become void or voidable. And also that for or notwithstanding any such act, deed, matter or thing as aforesaid, they the said Daniel Wonham, William Wickham and William Hardwicke, some or one of them now have or hath in themselves or himself good right, full power and lawful and absolute authority to direct, limit and appoint, grant, bargain, sell, assign and surrender or otherwise assure the said piece or parcel of land or ground, and building or Chapel or intended Chapel, and other hereditaments and premises hereby appointed, granted, bargained and sold or otherwise assured or mentioned and intended so to be with the appurtenances unto and to the use of the said Earl of Arran, Sir William Dick, John Phillips, Thomas Smith, Richard Hasler, James Woodman and Fletcher Wilkie, their heirs and assigns. Upon the trusts and to and for the ends, intents and purposes, and under and subject to the provisoes, declarations and agreements hereinbefore referred unto, and hereinafter expressed and declared of and concerning the same in manner aforesaid and according to the true intent and meaning of these presents.

And also that the same piece or parcel of land or ground and building or Chapel or intended Chapel and other hereditaments and premises hereby appointed, granted, bargained and sold or otherwise assured or intended so to be with the appurtenances, shall and lawfully may from time to time and at all times for ever hereafter go, remain, continue and be unto and to and for the use of or be otherwise vested in the said Earl of Arran, Sir William Dick, John Phillips, Thomas Smith, Richard Hasler, James Woodman and Fletcher Wilkie, their heirs and assigns. Upon and for the several trusts intents and purposes and under and subject to the provisoes, declarations and agreements hereinbefore referred to and hereinafter expressed and declared of and concerning the same and shall be and may be peaceably and quietly held and enjoyed accordingly without any lawful let, suit, trouble, denial, eviction, interruption, hindrance, disturbance, claim or demand whatsoever or from or by him the said Daniel Wonham or any person or persons lawfully claiming or to claim by, from, through, under or in trust for him. And that free and clear, and freely, clearly and absolutely acquitted, exonerated and discharged or otherwise by him the said Daniel Wonham, his heirs, executors and administrators well and sufficiently saved, defended, kept harmless, and indemnified of, from and against all and all manner of former and other gifts, grants, appointments, bargains, sales, leases, mortgages. Jointures, dowers, uses, trusts, wills, intails, estates, titles, troubles, debts, charges and incumbrances whatsoever at any time or times heretofore had, made, done, committed or suffered by him the said Daniel Wonham or any person or persons lawfully or equitably claiming by, from, through, under or in trust for him.

And moreover that he the said Daniel Wonham and his heirs and all and every other person or persons whosoever having or lawfully or equitably claiming, or who shall or may at any time or times hereafter have, or lawfully or equitably claim any estate, right, title or interest either at law or in equity of into or out of the said piece or parcel of land or ground, and building or Chapel or intended Chapel and other hereditaments and premises hereinbefore mentioned to be hereby appointed, granted, bargained and sold or otherwise assured or intended so to be, or any part thereof by, from, through, under or in trust for him the said Daniel Wonham, shall and will from time to time and at all times hereafter upon every reasonable request of the said Earl of Arran, Sir William Dick, John Phillips, Thomas Smith, Richard Hasler, James Woodman and Fletcher Wilkie, or the trustees for the time being of or acting under or for the purposes of these presents and at the costs and charges of the said trust estate make, do, acknowledge, levy, suffer and execute or cause or procure to be made, done, acknowledged, levied, suffered and executed or join and concur in all and every such further and other lawful and reasonable acts, deeds, fines, recoveries, conveyances and assurances in the law whatsoever, for the further, better, more perfectly and absolutely directing, limiting and appointing, granting, bargaining, selling or otherwise assuring and confirming of the same piece or parcel of land or ground, and building or Chapel or intended Chapel and other hereditaments and premises with their appurtenances unto and to the use of the said Earl of Arran, Sir William Dick, John Phillips, Thomas Smith, Richard Hasler, James Woodman and Fletcher Wilkie, or such other trustees for the time being as aforesaid and their heirs and assigns for ever.

Nevertheless upon and for the several trusts, intents and purposes, and under and subject to the powers, provisoes, declarations and agreements hereinbefore referred unto, and hereinafter expressed and declared of and concerning the same in corroboration and confirmation of these presents and the trusts and purposes thereof as by them the said trustees for the time being, their heirs or assigns or their or any of their counsel shall be reasonably devised or advised and required.

And it is hereby expressly declared and agreed by and between all and every the said parties to these presents to be their true intent and meaning that the said piece or parcel of ground, and building or Chapel or intended Chapel and other the hereditaments and premises hereinbefore appointed, granted, bargained and sold, or otherwise assured or mentioned or intended so to be, was and were and are hereby declared to have been meant and intended to be so appointed, granted, bargained and sold or otherwise assured unto and to the use of or vested in the said Earl of Arran, Sir William Dick, John Phillips, Thomas Smith, Richard Hasler, James Woodman and Fletcher Wilkie, their heirs and assigns as aforesaid. Upon the several trusts and to and for the several ends, intents and purposes following, that is to say:

Upon trust in the first place, and to the intent that they the said trustees, or the trustees for the time being, do and shall use their endeavours to procure the said Lord Archbishop of Canterbury or his successors to consecrate the said building or Chapel or intended Chapel to the honour and worship of God according to the liturgy of the Church of England, and from and immediately after such consecration do and shall permit and suffer the same building or Chapel with the ground and appurtenances to be appropriated and set apart and used for ever thereafter as and for a place of worship for the celebration of divine service therein according to the rules and ceremonies of the Church of England for the use and accommodation of the several purchasers and renters of pews therein for the time being, and also of the inhabitants and visitors of the said Hamlet of Bognor in general. But subject nevertheless to the several rules, regulations, stipulations, declarations and agreements hereinafter expressed, declared and contained touching or concerning the same or for the management and regulation thereof.

And from and after such consecration as aforesaid upon further trust that they the said Earl of Arran, Sir William Dick, John Phillips, Thomas Smith, Richard Hasler, James Woodman and Fletcher Wilkie, or the survivors of them or other the trustees for the time being to be appointed or succeed in their stead as and in the manner hereinafter mentioned do and shall from time to time permit and suffer the above named Frederick Gauntlett (who it is hereby agreed shall be the first officiating minister of or in the said Chapel) to perform and celebrate divine worship and to officiate therein as the Minister or Chaplain thereof according to the rules and ceremonies of the Church of England. And in case of the death, resignation or deprivation of the said Frederick Gauntlett, then upon further trust that they the said trustees for the time being do and shall from time to time and at all times thereafter permit and suffer such other person to celebrate divine worship in the said Chapel as the Minister or Chaplain thereof as shall from time to time be nominated or appointed by the said Lord Archbishop of Canterbury or his successor for the time being. Provided always, and the several parties to these presents do hereby ordain direct and declare, that the said Frederick Gauntlett and every succeeding Minister or Chaplain for the time being officiating in the said Chapel shall be considered as bound to hold and maintain and read prayers and preach therein according to the liturgy and doctrinal articles of the established Church of England and the sacred writings known by the name of the Old and New Testament, and shall also on every Sunday morning and afternoon throughout the year, and on Christmas Day and Good Friday in the morning in every year, and on such other days or times as such Minister or Chaplain for the time being in his discretion shall think fit, read in the said Chapel the prayers prescribed in the Book of Common Prayer or Comon Liturgy of the Church of England, and shall also in the morning of every Sunday throughout the year, and also of every Christmas Day and Good Friday and of all occasional Public Fasts or Festivals, and also on such other days and at such other times as the Minister or Chaplain for the time being shall in his discretion think fit, immediately after divine service is performed, preach a sermon in the said Chapel, and shall also on every Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Whit Sunday and Christmas Day, and upon the last Sunday in every alternate month, and also on such other Sundays as the Minister or Chaplain for the time being shall in his discretion think fir, administer the Holy Sacrament of the Lord's Supper in the said intended Chapel. And all and every the oblations and charitable contributions which shall be then made and offered shall be applied and disposed of for the relief and benefit of the poor inhabitants of the said Village of Bognor in such way and manner as the said Minister in his discretion shall think fit.

And if the said Minister or officiating Chaplain for the time being shall be prevented or hindered by sickness or any other reasonable cause from performing from performing the duties hereinbefore respectively required, or any of them, then and in every such case he shall find and provide some other qualified Minister to do and perform the same respectively, or in default thereof and also during every vacancy of the office of Minister of the said Chapel, the Chapel Wardens thereof for the time being (to be appointed as hereinafter mentioned) shall, and they are hereby directed, to cause the said Chapel to be served by some person or persons duly qualified, and this person or persons so serving the same shall be paid a reasonable compensation out of the fund or allowance hereby provided for the Minister of the said Chapel.

Provided always, and it is hereby expressly declared and agreed, that nothing herein contained is meant or intended to extend, or shall be deemed or construed to extend so as to enable or give any power or authority to such officiating Minister or Chaplain for the time being, to publish the Banns of Marriage in the said intended Chapel, or to solemnise any marriage therein or to administer the public baptism of children or of persons or riper years, or to Church women or to bury the dead in such Chapel or any vaults or ground belonging or to belong to the same. Nor shall any thing herein contained extend or be in any manner deemed, construed or taken so as to prejudice, defeat or impeach the right, title, interest, claim or demand of the Vicar for the time being of the said Parish of Southbersted of, in or to any tythes, offerings, oblations, obventions, surplice fees or other ecclesiastical rights, dues, benefits or advantages arising within the said Parish of Southbersted and belonging to the said Vicar or his successors, but the same shall be paid and payable in the same manner as they have been heretofore or would or ought to have been in case the said intended Chapel had not been erected, built and consecrated.

And upon this further trust, that they the said Earl of Arran, Sir William Dick, John Phillips, Thomas Smith, Richard Hasler, James Woodman and Fletcher Wilkie , or the survivors of them or other the trustees for the time being to be appointed under or for the purposes of these presents do and shall stand and be seized of and interested in all and every the pews, seats and sitting places as well in the body as in the gallery of the said Chapel. Upon the trusts and for the purposes following, that is to say, in the first place do and shall confirm, complete and carry into execution by all or any lawful ways or means whatsoever, the sales hereinbefore mentioned to have been made of the said several pews, seats and sittings hereinbefore particularly mentioned to the said Earl of Arran, Thomas Smith, Thomas Hankey, Charles Edward Wilsonn and Charlotte Jane Collins respectively as aforesaid, and on receipt or payment of their respective purchase monies for the same, do and shall convey and assure the said pews, seats and sittings to them the said several purchasers respectively, either in fee or for a long term or terms of years or otherwise, as to the said trustees shall seem most expedient. And also do and shall until the whole of the monies subscribed by the said John Phillips, Samuel Gauntlett and Thomas Smith together with interest for the same or for so much thereof as for the time being shall remain unpaid, at and after the rate of five pounds per cent per annum from the date of these presents shall have been fully repaid to them or to their respective executors or administrators in like manner sell, dispose of and convey and assure such other pews, seats or sittings in the said intended Chapel (except such as are hereinafter agreed or directed to be appropriated for the use and benefit of the Minister or for any specific purpose) as they the said trustees with the consent and approbation of the Minister of the said Chapel for the time being shall think proper, unto any person or persons who shall be willing to purchase the same for such price or sum or sums od money as the said trustees shall fix or ascertain as the value thereof. And to and shall pay over the monies to be received or raised by the sale of the said last mentioned pews, seats or sittings (if any such shall be sold) unto the above named John Phillips, Samuel Gauntlett and Thomas Smith in or towards the payment and discharge of the said several sums of six hundred pounds, five hundred pounds and three hundred pounds so respectively subscribed by them as aforesaid, and the interest thereof pari passu so far as the same will extend and without ant preference or priority of payment.

And upon further trust that they the said trustees for the time being do and shall stand and be seized of and interested in the two pews or seats numbered 33 ans 34 in the body of the said Chapel. In trust for the Minister or Chaplain for the time being officiating in the said Chapel, or otherwise appropriate and set apart the same for his own use and benefit, or for such other purposes as he may direct or appoint. And also do and shall appropriate and set apart or permit and suffer the pew or seat numbered 20 with (within?) the organ gallery to be occupied for the use of the Jubilee School in Bognor aforesaid, and all the sittings under the western gallery for the use and accommodation of the poor resident at Bognor or in the vicinity, and also the back forms or seats for the use and accommodation of the male and female servants of the pew renters so far as the same will extend. And as to, for and concerning all the remaining pews, seats or sittings in the said intended Chapel (except those hereinbefore directed or authorized to be sold or appropriated as hereinbefore mentioned) Upon this further trust that they the said trustees do and shall from time to time demise, lease or let the same to any of the inhabitants or visitors of the said Village of Bognor or the vicinity for any term not exceeding seven years at or for such yearly rent or rents, sum or sums of money as shall appear to them the said trustees the full value of the same respectively, such yearly rents or sums of money to be reserved and made payable quarterly, on the twenty fifth day of March, the twenty fourth day of June, the twenty ninth day of September and the twenty fifth day of December in every year by even and equal portions, and the first of such quarterly payments for every such pew, seat or sitting to commence and become payable on such of the said quarter days as shall first happen after the time of taking possession thereof.

And upon this further trust that they the said trustees do and shall from time to time by, with and out of the rents, issues and profits of the pews, seats or sittings so to be demised, leased or let by them as aforesaid, in the first place levy, raise and pay over to the Chapelwardens for the time being of the said Chapel , or permit suffer or authorize them from time to time to receive or retain the clear yearly sum of one hundred pounds of lawful money of Great Britain free from all deductions whatsoever, to be by them the said Chapelwardens regularly paid over to the Minister or Chaplain for the time being of or officiating in the said Chapel to and for his own absolute use and benefit, in part of and towards his salary, stipend or allowance for officiating in the said Chapel as aforesaid, such salary, stipend or allowance of one hundred pounds per annum to be paid and payable to the said officiating Minister or Chaplain by four equal quarterly portions on the twenty fifth day of March, the twenty fourth day of June, the twenty ninth day of September and the twenty fifth day of December in each and every year, and the first of such quarterly payments to begin and be made on such of those days as shall first and next happen after the consecration of the said intended Chapel if there shall be then sufficient funds in hand for that purpose, but if not then when and so soon as the same can be conveniently raised and paid.

And upon further trust that they the said trustees do and shall by with and out of the residue of such rents, issues and profits, in the first place pay satisfy and discharge the respective salaries or allowances to be made to the clerk, organist and agent of the said Chapel, and to any other person or persons who may be employed in or about the affairs or concerns thereof, and also all such sum or sums of money as shall from time to time be found necessary for keeping the said Chapel clean and in a proper state of repair, and in the next place do and shall yearly and every year thereout appropriate and invest in the names of the Minister and Chapelwardens of the said Chapel for the time being in or upon some of the public or parliamentary stocks or funds, the sum of twenty pounds of lawful money of Great Britain to remain and be accumulated as a fund for answering and defraying the expences attending any permanent or substantial repairs which may at any time or times be found necessary to be done in or to the said Chapel and which fund shall accordingly be applied for that purpose when and so often as it shall be found necessary, and then do and shall out of the remaining rents or yearly proceeds of the said pews, seats or sittings so long as the said loan or any interest for the same shall remain due, owing or unpaid, pay and apply the annual sum of one hundred and forty pounds if the said remaining rents or yearly proceeds shall amount to that sum, or otherwise such a sum of money as the same rents or yearly proceeds will extend to pay from time to time unto the said John Phillips, Samuel Gauntlett and Thomas Smith in proportion to the amount of their said respective subscriptions and in or towards the repayment and satisfaction or discharge thereof and the interest thereof after the rate aforesaid until the same shall thereby, or by the means hereinbefore or after mentioned, or otherwise, have been fully repaid and satisfied. Provided always that it shall and may be lawful to and for the said trustees if it shall appear to them proper or expedient to raise and apply out of or from such remaining rents or yearly proceeds as aforesaid when adequate to the purpose, such further annual sum as the trustees for the time being shall in their discretion think fit, and pay the same to the said John Phillips, Samuel Gauntlett and Thomas Smith respectively in proportion to the amount of their said respective subscriptions and in or towards the repayment and satisfaction or discharge thereof, and of the interest thereof, or so much thereof as shall then remain due and owing until the same shall thereby or by the means aforesaid or otherwise have been fully repaid. Provided nevertheless that such further annual sum so to be raised from such remaining rents and yearly proceeds at the discretion of the trustees for the time being as aforesaid, shall never in any one year exceed the sum of seventy pounds.

And from and after the repayment and full satisfaction of the said several subscriptions and the interest thereof as aforesaid, and in the mean time subject and without prejudice to the raising and payment of the above mentioned annual sums hereinbefore directed or authorized to be applied for that purpose, do and shall pay, apply and dispose of all the rest, residue and remainder of the yearly rents, monies and proceeds or income to arise by or from the said several pews, seats or sitting places in the said intended Chapel (except those which shall be sold or disposed of in manner hereinbefore directed or authorized, and those which shall be appropriated and set apart for the use and benefit of the Minister and for the Jubilee School and for the use and accommodation of the servants and poor of Bognor aforesaid, and any other pews or seats which the Minister and Chapelwardens for the time being may hereafter find necessary to appropriate for any other purpose) in such way and manner for the general benefit, improvement and support, or for the ornament of the said Chapel or intended Chapel, or in making any alterations or improvements in or to the same, or for increasing the salary or allowance to the officiating Minister or to the clerk, organist or agent of the said Chapel for the time being, or any other person employed therein, as they the said trustees and the Minister and Chapelwardens for the time being, or the major part of them, with the consent and approbation of the several proprietors and renters of pews in the said Chapel, or of the majority of them, shall from time to time see fit or deem expedient.

Provided always that in the mean time and until such last mentioned residuary rents, monies, proceeds or surplus income shall be wanted to be applied for the purposes or objects last hereinbefore directed the same or so much and such part or parts thereof as shall not be immediately wanted shall, when and as the same shall arise or come to hand, be forthwith laid out and invested in the joint names of the Minister and Chapelwardens for the time being in or upon some of the public or parliamentary funds or securities of or in Great Britain in order and to the intent that the same, and the interest, dividends and proceeds arising therefrom may accumulate and be improved in the nature or course of compound interest until it shall become necessary to dispose of and apply the same or any part thereof for the purposes aforesaid, or any of them. And it is hereby further declared and expressly provided and agreed that all and every the dividends and annual proceeds from time to time to arise or become or grow due or payable for or in respect of the above mentioned sum of two hundred and fifty eight pounds and eighteen shillings bank annuities which hath been so purchased in the names of the said trustees with the above mentioned sum of two hundred pounds sterling, shall from time to time and at all times for ever hereafter, when and as the same shall become due or payable at the Bank of England be paid over to or received and taken by the Minister or Chaplain for the time being of the said intended Chapel so long as he shall duly officiate therein according to the directions hereinbefore contained for his own proper use and benefit as a further compensation or allowance for his so officiating therein as aforesaid, and which said dividends or annual proceeds of the above mentioned sum of two hundred and fifty eight pounds and eighteen shillings bank annuities together with the said clear yearly sum of one hundred pounds so directed to be raised and paid to him out of the rents, issues and profits of the several pews, seats or sittings in the said Chapel as and in manner aforesaid shall be and are hereby declared to be in full for the salary, stipend or allowance of such officiating minister, and a full recompence and satisfaction for his performing the duty hereby required of him.

But nevertheless such salary, stipend or allowance shall and may hereafter be augmented and increased if and when the said trustees and the several proprietors and renters of pews in the said Chapel, or the major part of them, who shall be assembled at a public meeting to be called for that purpose, shall think fit and there shall be sufficient funds in hand for that purpose which shall not be wanted for the payment of the said loan or any other of the purposes hereinbefore directed.

And it is hereby further provided, declared and agreed by and between the said parties to these presents, that when and as soon as the said Chapel shall have been duly consecrated, it shall and may be lawful to and for the above named Daniel Wonham and William Hardwicke to act as or in the nature of Chapelwardens of the said Chapel, and they are hereby appointed such Chapelwardens accordingly until the Monday in the Easter Week next after such consecration, and then and from thenceforth upon every Monday in Easter Week yearly for ever, two fit persons shall be nominated and appointed out of the proprietors or renters of pews or seats in the said Chapel to be and act as or in the nature of Chapelwardens of the same for the time being; one of such Chapelwardens to be nominated or appointed by the officiating Minister for the time being, and the other by the proprietors and renters of the several pews or seats in the said intended Chapel, or the major part of them, to be therein assembled for that purpose pursuant to public notice to be given and proclaimed in the said Chapel on the preceding Sunday during the time of performing divine service, and on which occasion subscribers and purchasers of pews to the amount of fifty pounds (but not amounting to one hundred pounds) shall be intitled to give one vote only, and such of the said subscribers or purchasers as shall have subscribed or purchased pews to the amount of one hundred pounds or upwards shall have or be intitled to give two votes; and in case of the death of any Chapelwarden after the Easter Monday subsequent to any such nomination or appointment, and during the year for which such Chapelwarden shall be elected, then and in every such case a new Chapelwarden shall be elected by and out of the persons aforesaid in such manner as the deceased Chapelwarden shall have been elected, and every such Chapelwarden to be so nominated or elected as aforesaid shall respectively be and act as or in the nature of Chapelwarden of the said Chapel for the time being and shall continue in the said office until the Easter Monday next after his appointment.

And the said Chapelwardens and their successors are hereby authorized and directed to provide sacramental bread and wine for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, and proper books and surplices and other necessaries for performing divine service, and keeping the said Chapel and all things thereto belonging in decent order, and also to support and keep in repair the said Chapel and the appurtenances thereof. And they are also authorized and directed from time to time to collect, receive and get in the rents and sums of money due or payable for the several pews, seats or sittings in the said Chapel, or such of them as for the time being shall be leased or let, when and as the same rents or sums of money shall respectively become due or payable, and to apply or dispose of the same under the direction of the said trustees for the time being in the manner hereinbefore mentioned and provided for.

And it is hereby further declared and agreed that the said two Chapelwardens for the time being shall, and they are hereby directed and required, to keep a true and perfect account of all and every sum and sums of money by them respectively paid, received and disbursed on the said Chapel account, and of all debts and credits due or owing for or on account of or relating to the said Chapel during their continuance in office, and shall annually enter the same in a proper book or books to be provided for that purpose, which said book or books and accounts shall and may from time to time, and at all seasonable times, be inspected and examined by the Trustees of the said Chapel for the time being, or by any of them, or by the officiating minister in the said Chapel upon demand. And the said Chapelwardens shall also from time to time when thereunto required by the said trustees for the time being, or any five or more of them, make and render to the person or persons so requiring the same, or to such other person or persons as they shall in that behalf nominate or appoint, a true and perfect account in writing (to be verified upon oath before some Justice or Justices of the Peace for the said County of Sussex if thereunto required) of all such receipts, payments and disbursements and all such other matters and things as are hereby agreed to be committed to their charge, and shall within fourteen days next after the rendering of such account, pay unto such person or persons as the said trustees for the time being, or any five or more of them, shall direct or appoint all and every such sum and sums of money as shall remain due from the said Chapelwardens upon the balance of such account.

And it is hereby further declared and agreed by and between the said parties to these presents that the keys of the said intended Chapel shall from time to time be kept by and left in the custody of the Minister and Chapelwardens for the time being, who shall also have the custody and keeping of the plate, furniture, records and books belonging to the same Chapel, and shall and may deposit the same in the vestry room of the said Chapel or in such other place as the said trustees, or the major part of them, shall from time to time direct, in a strong chest to be for that purpose provided, with three secure locks and different keys, one of which keys shall be from time to time kept by the minister, and the other by each of the Chapelwardens of the said Chapel for the time being. And it is hereby further declared and agreed that the said Minister and Chapelwardens of the said Chapel for the time being shall have, and they are hereby invested with, the sole management, direction and regulation of all the internal affairs and concerns, matters and things relating to and concerning the said Chapel, or the mode of conducting, ordering, regulating or disposing of the same. And shall also have and be invested with the sole nomination and appointment of the clerk and organist, and all other persons necessary or proper for the conducting, carrying on and well ordering of the said intended Chapel and the affairs and concerns thereof, and for the performance of divine service therein according to the true intent and meaning of these presents. And shall have full power and authority to displace, suspend or remove such clerk, organist or any such other persons as aforesaid, or any of them, from time to time upon just and reasonable cause to be allowed by the said Lord Archbishop of Canterbury or his successor for the time being.

Provided always that notwithstanding these presents, or any matter or thing herein contained, the said Intended Chapel and the Minister or Chaplain thereof for the time being, and also the said Chapelwardens and their successors, shall be under and subject to the peculiar jurisdiction of the said Lord Archbishop of Canterbury and his successors for the time being, and shall and may be visited in such manner as Churches or Chapels within the peculiar jurisdiction of the said Lord Archbishop are or may be visited.

And for the better ascertaining the size or dimensions, number and value of the pews or seats to be by the said trustees sold, let and disposed of in pursuance of these presents, and also the space which will be left in the said Chapel for the accommodation of the poor of the said Village of Bognor and of the vicinity, it is hereby further provided and agreed that a book shall be provided and kept by the said trustees or the Chapelwardens for the time being, and that plans or drawings of all such pews or seats as are already made and erected, or shall hereafter be made or erected in the said Chapel, as well in the body as the galleries thereof, and of the space which shall be left for the accommodation of the poor of the said Village of Bognor and the vicinity, shall be fairly made and entered in the said book, and the said plans or drawings shall specify and contain the situation, size, measure or dimensions of each and every pew or seat, and that there shall be fairly written and entered in the same book, in words at length, the price and value of each and every of the said pews or seats, and the annual rents at which the same are respectively let, and that the number of each and every pew or seat shall also be fairly and legibly entered and written in words at length in the same book. And when and so often as any pew or seat in the said Chapel shall be sold or disposed of, the name and description of every such purchaser or purchasers shall be also written or noticed in the said book.

And it is hereby further provided, declared and agreed by and between all the said parties hereto that the receipt or receipts of the said Earl of Arran, Sir William Dick, John Phillips, Thomas Smith, Richard Hasler, James Woodman and Fletcher Wilkie, or of the survivors of them, or other the trustees for the time being of or acting under these presents or in the execution of the trusts hereby created, or of any five or more of them, the said trustees for the time being, and also the receipt or receipts of the said Chapelwardens for the time being shall be a good and sufficient discharge, or good and sufficient discharges, to the respective purchasers and renters of the said pews or seats for their respective purchase monies and rents, and also to any other person or persons who shall advance or pay any sum or sums of money to the said trustees, or any five or more of them, or to the said Chapelwardens respectively under or by virtue or for the purposes of these presents for the same sum or sums of money respectively, or for so much thereof as in or by every such receipt or receipts shall be expressed or acknowledged to be received. And that after such receipt or receipts shall be so given, the said respective purchasers and renters and other person or persons paying such monies or rents as aforesaid, and their respective heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, shall be fully and absolutely acquitted and discharged of and from the same, and shall not be in anywise liable or obliged to see or enquire to the application thereof, or answerable or accountable for the loss, misapplication or nonapplication thereof, or of any part or parts thereof respectively.

Provided also, and it is hereby further agreed and declared, that in case the present trustees hereby appointed, or the future trustees to be appointed in their stead as hereinafter mentioned (except the said John Phillips or the Vicar of Southbersted for the time being) shall by death, resignation, incapacity or otherwise be reduced to three or less number (including the said John Phillips or the Vicar of Southbersted for the time being) then in every or any such case it shall and may be lawful to and for the major part of the owners and renters of the pews or seats in the said Chapel who shall be present at a meeting to be convened for that purpose, and of which meeting and the object thereof one calendar month's previous notice shall be given by proclaiming the same in the said Chapel during the time of divine service on the four following Sundays, and also by affixing the same on the principal outer door of the said Chapel, to nominate and appoint a sufficient number of fit and proper persons who shall be resident in or near the said Village of Bognor to be trustees for the purposes aforesaid, and so from time to time whenever the number of trustees shall either by death, resignation, incapacity or otherwise be reduced to three or a less number (including the Vicar of Southbersted). To the intent that upon every such appointment of new trustees as aforesaid, the number of trustees for the purposes of these presents may be always made up to or consist of the number of seven at the least. And also that upon the death, resignation or deprivation of the said John Phillips and of each succeeding Vicar for the time being of the said parish of Southbersted, the next or succeeding Vicar for the time being shall be and become, and he is hereby accordingly appointed, a trustee for the purposes of these presents in the room, place and stead of the said John Phillips or of the succeeding Vicar for the time being; it being hereby declared and agreed to be the true intent and meaning of these presents and of the said parties hereto that the Vicar of Southbersted for the time being shall always succeed as, and become and be, a trustee for the purposes of these presents, and for carrying the same into execution immediately upon his institution or induction in or to the said Vicarage.

And it is hereby further declared that when and so often as any new trustee shall be appointed as aforesaid, or any succeeding Vicar of Southbersted shall succeed as a trustee of or under these presents as aforesaid, the surviving or continuing trustees or trustee for the time being, or if all the trustees shall be dead, the heirs executors or administrators of the surviving trustee shall convey, assign and transfer the said piece or parcel of ground, building or Chapel, and other hereditaments and premises hereby appointed, granted, bargained and sold, or otherwise assured or intended so to be, with the appurtenances and all the fixtures, furniture, ornaments and other goods, chattels and effects in or about the same, and also all other the trust estate and property, moneys, stocks, funds and securities for money which shall be then vested in them or him under or by virtue or for the purposes of these presents, so and in such way and manner as that the same may be effectually vested in or in the joint names of the surviving or continuing trustees or trustee and such new trustee or trustees, or in such new trustees only (as the case may happen) and their heirs, executors, administrators and assigns according to the different nature and qualities thereof respectively. But nevertheless upon the same trusts and to and for the same ends intents and purposes which are hereinafter expressed and declared of and concerning the same respectively, or to for and upon such of those trusts, intents and purposes as shall be then subsisting or capable of taking effect. Which person or persons so to be appointed or to succeed as a trustee or trustees as aforesaid, shall and may from thenceforth act in the management and execution of the aforesaid trusts or such of them as shall be then subsisting, as fully and effectually in all respects and with the like indemnification, powers and authorities as he or they might have done in case he or they had been originally in and by these presents nominated or appointed a trustee or trustees for the purposes aforesaid, any thing herein contained to the contrary thereof in anywise notwithstanding.

And it is hereby further agreed and declared that the said Earl of Arran, Sir William Dick, John Phillips, Thomas Smith, Richard Hasler, James Woodman and Fletcher Wilkie, and each of them and such other trustee and trustees as shall be nominated or appointed or succeed by virtue of these presents, and each of them, their and each of their heirs, executors and administrators respectively, shall be charged and chargeable only for such monies and other effects and property as they and every of them shall actually receive by virtue of the trusts hereby in them reposed, and that the one of them shall not be answerable or accountable for the other or others of them, or for the acts, receipts, neglects or defaults of the other or others of them. Neither shall they, the said trustees, or any of them, be answerable or accountable for any banker, broker or other person with whom or in whose hands any part of the said trust monies, property or effects, shall or may be deposited or lodged for safe custody, or for any deficiency or insufficiency of any stocks, funds or securities in or upon which any of the said trust monies shall or may be placed out or invested in pursuance of the directions hereinbefore contained, or for any other misfortune, loss or damage which may happen in the execution of the aforesaid trusts or in relations thereto, except the same shall happen by or through their own wilful defaults respectively. And also that they the said several trustees and each of them, their and each of their respective heirs, executors, administrators and assigns shall and may by and out of the monies and effects which shall come to their respective hands by virtue of the trusts aforesaid, retain and reimburse himself and themselves and allow to each other all costs, charges, damages and expences whatsoever which they or any of them shall or may respectively sustain, expend, disburse, be at or put unto in or about the execution of the trusts hereby in them reposed, or any matter or thing in anywise relating thereto.
In witness whereof the said parties to these presents have hereunto set their hands and seals the day and year first above written.

Daniel Wonham Wm. Wickham Jr. William Hardwicke John Phillips

Saml. Gauntlett Thos. Smith Arran Wm. Dick

Richd. Hasler James Woodman Fletcher Wilkie

Signed, sealed and delivered by the within named Daniel Wonham in the presence of Richard Wm. Turner of Bognor, Brewer; James Boiling, servant to Mr Hardwell (?)

Signed, sealed and delivered by the within named Thomas Smith, James Woodman and Fletcher Wilkie in the presence of us J. Huxley, W.Webb, servants to Mr Smith.

Signed, sealed and delivered by the within named Earl of Arran and Richard Hasler in the presence of John Pearson, David Donyer (?), servants to the Earl of Arran.

Signed, sealed and delivered by the within named John Phillips in the presence of James Franks, Minister of Sowerby Bridge, clerk; An Phillips of Halifax, spinster.

Signed, sealed and delivered by the within named Samuel Gauntlett in the presence of John Coker of New College, Oxford; James Walker of New College, Oxford.

Signed, sealed and delivered by the within named Sir William Dick in the presence of us Samuel Tinkler, Henry Gordon, his servants.

Signed, sealed and delivered by the within named William Wickham and William Hardwicke in the presence of Richd. Fuller, Junr, Solicitor, Chichester; Chas. Ryder, clerk to Messrs Sowton & Fuller.



Received on the day of the date of the within written indenture of and from the within named John Phillips, Samuel Gauntlett and Thomas Smith the sum of one thousand six hundred and fifty pounds, being the consideration money within mentioned to be by them paid to me. £1650 Witness my hand
Daniel Wonham
Signed in the presence of
Richard Wm. Turner
James Boiling Indorsed


Inrolled in His Majesty's High Court of Chancery the seventeenth day of December in the Year of Our Lord 1821, being first duly stampt according to the tenor of the statutes made for that purpose.
J. Mitford


This indenture was acknowledged by Daniel Wonham and Arthur Saunders, Earl of Arran therein named (who prayed that the same might be inrolled) on the tenth day of December, one thousand eight hundred and twenty one, before
W. Sowton a Master Extra in Chancery

Then the said Frederick Gauntlett began morning prayers and psalms and lessons suitable to the occasion (to wit) the 84th, 122nd and 132nd psalms; First lesson 1st of Kings, the 8th chapter from verse 22 to verse 62 inclusive: Second lesson the (illegible) the 10th chapter from verse 19 to verse 26 inclusive. After the collect for the day, the said Frederick Gauntlett stopped till the Archbishop had said the following prayer:
"O most blessed Saviour, who by thy gracious presence at the Feast of Dedication didst approve and honour such religious services as this which we are now performing unto thee, be present at this time with us by the Holy Spirit, and because holiness becometh thine house, forever sanctify us we pray thee, that we may be living temples, holy and acceptable unto thee, and so dwell in our hearts by faith, and possess our souls by thy grace, that nothing which defileth may enter into us, but that, being cleansed from all carnal and corrupt affections, we may ever be devoutly given to serve thee in all good works, who art our Saviour, Lord and God blessed for evermore, Amen."

Then the said Frederick Gauntlett went on with the morning service to the prayer of St. Chrysostom, and the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the 6th, 7th and 8th verses of the 26th psalm were then sung, with Gloria Patri.

After which the Archbishop, standing on the North side of the communion table as before, read the communion service. After the collect for the King, he said the following prayer:
"O most glorious Lord God, we acknowledge that we are not worthy to offer unto thee anything belonging unto us. Yet we beseech thee in thy great goodness graciously to accept the dedication of this place to thy service, and to prosper this our undertaking, receive the prayers and intercessions of us and all others thy servants who either now or hereafter entering into this house shall call upon thee, and give both them and us grace to prepare our hearts to serve thee with reverence and godly fear. Affect us with an awful apprehension of thy divine majesty and a deep sense of our own unworthiness, that so approaching thy sanctuary with lowliness and devotion, and coming before thee with clean thoughts and pure hearts, with bodies undefiled and minds sanctified, we may always perform a service acceptable to thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."

The Epistle: 14th verse to 17th inclusive of the 6th chapter of 2nd Corinthians; was then read by the said Charles Bethel Ottley.

And the Gospel: Verses 13th to 18th inclusive, of 2nd chapter of St. John; by the said Frederick Gauntlett.
Then the Archbishop read the Nicene Creed, after which the 100th psalm was sung.

And then the said Archdeacon of Chichester preached an appropriate sermon.

Which being ended, and all who did not receive the Holy Communion having left the Chapel, and the doors shut, the Archbishop proceeded to the Communion Service.

After the Communion, and immediately before the final blessing, the Archbishop said the following prayer: "Blessed be thy name, O Lord God, for that it pleased thee to have thy habitation among the sons of men upon earth, and to dwell in the midst of the Assembly of the Saints upon earth. Bless, we beseech thee, the religious performance of this day, and grant that in this place, now set apart to thy service, thy holy name may be worshipped in truth and purity to all generations. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."

And concluded with:
"The Peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you and remain with you always. Amen."

All of which I attest. Wm. Leeves, Public Notary and Deputy Registrar

John Hawkins, May 2001

 

 

 

 

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