There was no papist
in either Old or New Shoreham in 1676 (fn. 4) but four in
the two parishes in 1767. (fn. 5) Before 1870 a priest from
Worthing said mass at no. 2 Surry Street but in
that year began to use a schoolroom formed out of a
stable in John Street, apparently on the site backing
on Ship Street given by William Wheeler, formerly
vicar of Old and New Shoreham, for a permanent
church. (fn. 6) The church of St. Peter in Ship
Street, built of flint pebbles with stone dressings in a
14th-century style to a design by C. A. Buckler (fn. 7) and
providing 200 sittings, was opened in 1875, having
been paid for by Augusta, dowager duchess of
Norfolk; a presbytery beside it was completed in
1877. (fn. 8)
S.A.C. xli. 145.
||H.L.R.O., papist return (ex inf. Mr. T. J. McCann, of
Worthing Surv. 231-2.
||N.M.R., Goodhart-Rendel index.
Kelly's Dir. Suss. (1887), 2104; (1938), 518-19.