The present church on this site was designed by the architect Henry Ward and build in 1884/85 in the Renaissance style of stone. It was undergoing building works on the day of our visit in 2005. The first church on the site was built in 1856 in the Lombardic Gothic style. The main entrance is in a very restricted location, hemmed in by offices and shops on both sides.
The Hastings News of 12th September 1884 reports "The memorial stone of the new Congregational Church in Robertson Street was laid on Thursday 11th September. The church was on the same site as the old one. It re-opened on Wednesday 7th October 1885."
The rear of the building is visible in Cambridge Street, photographed here in overcast weather on 5th February 2009. The church has no identification on this elevation and isn't as clean! However, the architect's design is more easily appreciated from this perspective.
The badly deteriorated foundation stone is to be found in Cambridge Street; it reads:
WAS LAID BY
JAMES SPICER ESQ.J.P.
SEPTEMBER 11TH 1884
REV. CHAS NEW MINISTER
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