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Location Chichester, West Sussex
Country United Kingdom
Denomination Roman Catholic
Status Active
Dedication Richard of Chichester
Consecrated 21 March 1998
Functional status Parish church
Heritage designation Grade II listed
Designated 13 November 2007
Architect(s) Tomei & Maxwell
Completed 19 March 1958
Deanery Cathedral
Diocese Arundel and Brighton
Province Southwark

St Richard of Chichester Church is a Roman Catholic parish church in Chichester, West Sussex, England. The church was built in 1958 and contains the largest scheme of stained glass by Gabriel Loire in the United Kingdom. The church is situated on Market Avenue on the corner of Cawley Road, next to St Richard's Catholic Primary School. It is a Grade II listed building.


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First church

Before 1855, Mass was said in a room in the Bedford Hotel on Southgate in the city of Chichester. Funding for a new, permanent church, was paid by the Countess of Newburgh. In 1855, a Gothic Revival church was built on the corning of Market Avenue and Southgate. It remained until 1958.

Present church

On 19 March 1958, the present church was opened. It replaced the church on Market Avenue and Southgate. The architects were Lawrence Tomei (1910–1989) and John Maxwell. They also designed All Saints Church in Hersham. The builders were A. Booker and Son from Walberton.

Inside the church is a continuous clerestory around the nave and transepts. The stained glass window scheme in the church was made by Gabriel Loire using the dalle de verre style in a complete figurative narrative design. The stations of the cross that are oil paintings, the altarpiece, baptistry and the six angels in the Blessed Sacrament chapel were all designed by David O’Connell (1895–1976).


The priests at St Richard of Chichester Church also serve Our Lady of the Assumption Church on Fairfield Road in Bosham and St Peter's Church on Church Road in East Wittering and they form the same parish.

St Richard of Chichester Church has three Sunday Masses at 6:00 pm on Saturday, and 8:30 am and 10:00 am on Sunday. Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Bosham has one Sunday Mass at 11:00 am and St Peter's Church in East Wittering has one Sunday Mass at 9:00 am.

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