Church of the Good Shepherd, Mannings Heath, West Sussex - 9th June 2004

This church is a member of the Nuthurst Parish and was dedicated on 6th December 1881.

It was built by Augusta Bigg, who, from 1845 onwards lived with her brothers and parents on a large estate in Mannings Heath called "Swallowfield."  One of her brothers, William, was a soldier and eventually became a Captain in the 63rd Regiment. In India, at the age of 29, he became ill, was returned to England and discharged as medically unfit.   For 10 years Augusta and her parents nursed William, however he died in May 1881.  Augusta demanded that a living memorial be created to his name and donated the land for a chapel in Mannings Heath, along with the money to build and maintain it.  At the dedication ceremony the parishioners presented Augusta with a bible and hymn book in which were recorded their names as a sign of their gratitude.  This book is kept on display in the church.

Church of the Good Shepherd, Mannings Heath, West Sussex, 9th June 2004 - MTC

Augusta's father died in 1885, and when her mother died four years later, the surviving children donated a stained glass window for the church, depicting Christ as the Good Shepherd.  The church has been in regular use since it was built.

Information on this page taken from the excellent guide to St Andew's Church, Nuthurst (2003)

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