of St Richard

Sydney Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 1QE    

Features of the Church

On the north aisle there is the Lady Chapel (below left and centre) with an eastward facing altar next to which the Blessed Sacrament is reserved in a domed tabernacle.  

The altar was transferred, though shortened, from the original ‘Tin Church’

The Baptistery is on the South elevation inside the south door porch (seen above) with a stained glass window above of Our Lady of Walsingham  by John Hayward .

The Font itself was specially carved to fit the font cover, bought from the old church.  A feature of the baptistery is the hole in its east wall designed so that children in the adjoining children’s corner could witness baptisms.

There are a number of stained glass windows.  Two in the south isle representing Gospel scenes, the resurrection and resurrection appearance of Jesus by the lakeside.  The four panelled window on the north wall is a scene of the Nativity.  The other two windows are of Our Lady of Walsingham over the south porch and a window of St Richard holding the Parish Church, is in the Lady Chapel.

The side aisle walls have the fourteen wooden Stations of the Cross and a figure of St Richard carved by two friends and former members of St Richard’s Church.

Looking at the building from Sydney Road, the long building, constructed in 1938, is broken by the South Porch, one tall window and a bell turret.  The dormer windows fulfil the same aesthetic function and are effective in giving light to the church.

Inside, the ribs give a soaring effect but without the need for pillars and vaulting and do not obstruct the view of the sanctuary from  any part of the church.

The double main entrance  porch on the south side enters onto a  wooden block flooring.

To the right of the sanctuary there is an electric organ, made to specification, which was installed in 1983.

Above the altar on the East Wall is a crucifix (below right). a figure carved in black wood on a copper cross.

There is a Sacristy in the north east corner  and to the left of the altar.

On the north side, stairs rise to a vestry and committee room.  At this level is a choir gallery, large enough for two rows of choristers, is above the Lady Chapel and looks onto the main nave of the Church.

Looking toward the rear of the Church (below right) there is a narthex entrance, that is easily assessable by wheelchairs, with a toilet and access stairs to the rear gallery that contains pews for approximately twenty to thirty people.