The Countess of Huntingdon's church provided an emphatic architectural punctuation mark in the scene, drawing the eye in and adding drama. The church was built in 1871 and the spire demolished in 1969. The resulting view is bland and uninteresting, notwithstanding that road-widening on the right hand side has revealed a glimpse of the red-brick Chapel Royal.
Other towns do things differently. In Horsham, massive development by Sun Alliance in the historic town centre, which required demolition of the redundant St. Mark's Church, was not allowed to include the spire.
|The Carfax, Horsham|