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St Bartholomews, Brighton

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4.6/5 based on 60+ reviews on the web
St Bartholomew's Church, dedicated to the apostle Bartholomew, is an Anglican church in Brighton, England. The neo-gothic building is located on Ann Street, on a sloping site between Brighton railway station and the A23 London Road, adjacent to the New England Quarter development. It is notable for its height - dominating the streets around it and being visible from many parts of the city - and its distinctive red-brick construction.History and constructionThe Revd Henry Michell Wagner, who had occupied the position of Vicar of Brighton since 1824, died in 1870, giving his son, the Revd Arthur Douglas Wagner (the curate of St Paul's Church in West Street), the opportunity to continue and improve his father's proposals for new parish churches in Brighton. He undertook three such schemes in the 1870s, two in conjunction with his two half-brothers, but Saint Bartholomew's is the only church which was his sole responsibility throughout.In 1868, Arthur Wagner had built a temporary church on Providence Place, a back street parallel with the main London Road, along with a school accommodating 400 pupils. After his father's death, he resolved to build a more impressive new church in the same area. The original plan, which was submitted to the Town Council in 1871 and approved on 7 June of that year, consisted of a combined church and school building, 322 feet in length, 46 feet wide, and 41¾ feet high. This was amended shortly afterwards to reduce the number of bays in the interior from 13 to 11½; the additional space formed a "courtyard" area between the church and the existing school building, which was to be retained.
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  • I was walking past this church a couple of weeks ago when a sign outside invited you in and I'm so pleased I did, as soon as I walked through the doors I said 'wow' the height of the roof is amazing, ...  read more »
  • We came just when they closed, but the really sweet elderly women attending the church led us in anyway and even used time explaining about St Barthomews. If you like visiting churches you will not re...  read more »
  • In my opinion, plain ugly from the outside. It claims to be the tallest parish church in Europe, which means an awful lot of bricks. However, step inside and you will be wowed, which is what happened ...  read more »
  • I love this church, legend says the the roof is made from noahs ark! I suggest looking up when you enter
  • Good place. Peaceful
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