All Saints Chapel
The Chapel is a Grade II* listed French gothic revival building and unlike any other venue in Sussex. It has a Belgian Altar, German stained glass windows and a unique Font which can best be described as "very Harry Potter"!
All Saints Chapel is a venue (not a church) and is available to hire for concerts, dinners, conferences, recitals, dances, parties, PR launches and for films and videos. It can seat up to 200 people theatre style or comfortably accommodate eight round banqueting tables.
The Chapel is by the sea in Eastbourne, round the corner from Meads Village. It is situated close to the start of the South Downs Way. The All Saints site was originally an Anglo-Catholic nunnery and convalescent home, designed by Henry Woodyer. All Saints was built between 1867 and 1869 on land given by the 7th Duke of Devonshire and All Saints Chapel was added in 1874. The site served as an NHS hospital for many years and its wards saw thousands of patients passing through its doors until the hospital sadly closed in 2004. The site was then purchased from Eastbourne Hospitals NHS Trust by Berkeley who have very sympathetically transformed the buildings into bespoke luxury homes.
The Chapel forms part of the Section 106 agreement between Eastbourne Borough Council and Berkeley and is run by Mark and Carrie Bird. According to the records at the General Synod and those held by the Chichester Diocese, no record can be found of the Chapel ever having been consecrated which is why it is being run as a venue, not a church.
The building comes with its own gates, driveway, four parking spaces and a dramatic entrance which has been refurbished to the highest standards by Berkeley. The entrance leads into a very nice front reception area with soft seating, a small kitchen and WC's. The reception area can be used as a meet and greet area. The Chapel itself leads off the reception area and holds up to 200 guests using individual seating (new chairs and banqueting tables were purchased in March 2011).
The stage area of the Chapel is large and is suited to being used for concerts and is big enough to hold 50-60 performers. The area is tiered which does away with the need for staging. In addition there is also a Minstrels Gallery which can be used for up to 20 or so musicians.
Parking for a limited number of cars is available on the Chapel grounds, however, there are no parking restrictions on Darley Road.
Events can be held during the day or up to 10.30pm at night.
Think of All Saints Chapel as a versatile events venue which can be used in its bare state or vamped up with lighting and special effects into a dramatic setting for your event. We work with a number of caterers, lighting technicians and musicians who can help make your event into a dream come true.
ContactMark or Carrie Bird
VenueAll Saints Chapel
Darley Road, Eastbourne, BN20 7PE
Map reference: TV 601975 Lat: 50.75502 Long: 0.26838
All Saints Chapel on Darley Road in Eastbourne is round the corner from Meads Village and a short distance from the Holywell end of Eastbourne's seafront, a few hundred yards from the start of the South Downs Way. The number three bus from Eastbourne town centre stops on Darley Road
Parking : free
Accessible by Public Transport : 2 miles (3.2 kms) from Eastbourne station
There are ramps available for disabled access to/from the Chapel
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