Chapel weddings ‘are recognised’ by Church

CHURCH officials say all weddings which took place at All Saints Chapel in Eastbourne are recognised in the eyes of the church.

It was feared that because there are no records of the Grade 2 listed building in Meads, within the grounds of the former All Saints Hospital, being consecrated, weddings which took place there were legally valid but not recognised by the church.

But a spokesperson for the Diocese told the Herald this week, “Weddings that have taken place there have been conducted in full accordance with the rules and regulations and are all fully valid and legal.

“The diocese has no record of the chapel at the former All Saints Hospital having been consecrated but it was dedicated in 1925 by the then Bishop of Chichester as a place of worship.”

And Reverend Sallyanne Attwater, a Church of England assistant hospital chaplain at the Eastbourne Hospital NHS Trust in the 1990s, said, “Couples who married in the chapel had to apply for an Archbishop’s Licence which means they received the permission of the Archbishop of Canterbury to marry in the chapel.

“The Archbishop would hardly have granted a licence if he thought the marriage would not be recognised by the church.”

n See Readers’ Letters, page 6, for more