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Architect of Octagon Parish

Gordon Colbourne, Associate Partner and Chartered Building Surveyor at Daniells Harrison can now add another credit to his title, that of Architect of Octagon Parish.

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The Octagon Parish is situated at the western end of Sussex between Chichester and Petersfield, within the South Downs National Park. This rural community consists largely of farmland and is made up of the villages and hamlets of Compton, Forestside, Up Marden, West Marden, North Marden, East Marden, Racton, Stansted, Stoughton and Walderton.

The Octagon contains eight uniquely beautiful churches, many of them several hundred years old, seven of which are still open for public worship.

The appointment from January 2020, sees Gordon reporting to the Octagon Parish, part of the Diocese of Chichester, on all matters relating to the maintenance and condition of the Parish churches and associated buildings.  Gordon’s remit will include inspection of listed buildings, with the exception of Grade I listed buildings where the Diocese must give prior approval.

The detailed inspections on the condition of the Parish buildings need to be carried out every five years.  Gordon will look at the building condition, deterioration and stonework.  His inspection plans will include a schedule for maintenance and repairs, advising what resources the Parish can apply for through either the Diocese or Church Maintenance Fund.

Gordon’s first inspection has been at Christ Church Forestside. The Victorian flint-built church was consecrated in the mid-19th century and is due for its quinquennial (5 year) inspection this year.  Gordon’s initial inspection has found cracking to the arch and damp.  A more detailed inspection and report are to follow.

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Find out more about the Octagon Parish and all its churches here including The Octagon Walk – an 18 mile walk through the beautiful South Downs and West Sussex countryside, linking all the Churches together.   Perhaps we should challenge Gordon to do it on his next visit!

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