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Tin Church, Pease Pottage
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Tin Church, Pease Pottage

Another view of the old Tin Church before it was used for commercial use.
Picture added on 19 June 2012 at 15:58
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Does anyone know when the tin church was originally built and whether a minister/padre called William Mason ever took service there?
Added by Mertz on 21 April 2013
My father, Roger Ray, in his book "Around Old Slaugham" writes that due to the benefaction of Mr Saillard the tin church was built in 1905. Phillip Saillard made his fortune dealing in ostrich feathers and in 1882 built the nearby Buchan Hill, now the home of Cottesmore School. However, I can find no mention of Mr William Mason in the archives.
Added by Barry Ray on 24 April 2013
Thank you Barry for your help ... the structure is indeed interesting. Do you know what religion was practised at the tin church?
Added by Gary Mehrtens on 26 April 2013
It was an Anglican church of the Church of England faith and after being sold it was replaced for a few decades by the Church of the Ascension located close to the Black Swan.
In common with Warninglid, Pease Pottage no longer has its own church and its spiritual needs are supplied by the parish church of St Mary’s at Slaugham.

Added by Barry Ray on 27 April 2013
That's interesting ... I assume it was just as a place of worship rather than for marriages and funerals. However if it was used for such things then is there a list of births/marriage/deaths available and of those buried in or around the grounds or was that all centralised at Slaugham? It is all very interesting.

Added by Mertz on 27 April 2013
I do not know of any weddings or funerals being carried out at the Tin Church, but I am sure any such events would have been recorded within the records of the mother-church of St Mary’s at Slaugham.
As nobody, literally, was buried at Pease Pottage, it would seem unlikely that any funerals took place there as the body would, anyway, have to be removed to the place of burial, say Slaugham, after the service.
However, I do know that baptisms took place there as my father, Roger Ray, was baptized in the church in about 1916 or 1917. When the church was sold for commercial purposes in the 1950s the font found a resting place in a garden in Pease Pottage. He never mentioned to me which house in particular, but was confident that it was still there.

Added by Barry Ray on 28 April 2013
Thank you for all the information, Barry. It is very interesting.

Added by Mertz on 02 May 2013
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