St Michael And All Angels, Lowfield Heath

Dave Godden

Maidstone, United Kingdom

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St Michael And All Angels, Lowfield Heath, West Sussex / Surrey.

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St Michael and All Angels Church is a former Anglican church in Lowfield Heath, a depopulated former village in the Diocese of Crawley, a local government district with Borough status in West Sussex, England but within the administrative catchment of Surrey.

Built by the Gothic Revival architect William Burges in 1867 to serve the village, it declined in importance as Lowfield Heath was gradually appropriated for the expansion of London Gatwick Airport and of its related development. The last Anglican service was held there in 2004, but the church reopened in 2008 as a Seventh-day Adventist place of worship.

The building has Grade II* listed status, which identifies it as a “particularly important building of more than special interest” and of national importance.

It is also the only building remaining in the former village from the era before the airport existed: every other structure was demolished, and the church now stands among warehouses, depots and light industrial units.

It features, as one of its unique features a carving of a dog with a ball on the transition from the nave to the tower. This was added in honour of the architects dog which was killed running into the road here whilst it was being constructed.

The four carvings on the wheel window portray the Four Ages of Man.

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