15 October 201917:30 - for 18:00 start
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The Providence Chapel (in the village of Charlwood, just North of Gatwick Airport) is a remarkable survival of a most unusual type of building and an excellent example of what "robustness" really means in building structures.
The single-storey timber-framed, timber-clad building dates from the 1797. It was constructed as the Guard Room of a hastily-procured military training camp in Horsham, set-up to train troops needed to fight in the French Revolutionary War. After the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 the camp was no longer required, and the buildings were sold-off.
The Chapel was acquired by a landowner in Charlwood, and was dismantled and moved there to become a Non-conformist Chapel. When the last member of the congregation died the Chapel (listed Grade II*) was in a very parlous state and close to collapse. It was bought by a Trust and restored with a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The fractured roof trusses were retained by inserting additional members to restore their ability to span whilst retaining all the original members.
Robert Bowles is an independent conservation-accredited structural engineer and former Partner of Alan Baxter and Associates.
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Name - Rob Thomas
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