Listed building deserved better

Your article in the South Downs edition on the ‘reordering’ of St Mary’s, Washington, points out the improvements achieved: eg, an efficient heating system.

But it claims they have been made ‘without detracting from the integrity of the original building’.

Not so: look at the accompanying photograph, and what will strike anyone who knows Washington is the absence of the historic pews that were so much part of the building’s conception.

Instead, the inside is cluttered with conference-style chairs. Will these seem as beautiful, sound and appropriate in 150 years’ time?

No prizes for the right answer! A 2*-listed building deserved better.


The Pike, Washington