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St Bartholomews, Brighton

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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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  • On approach to this monumental building I realised that it is impressive and dominates the surrounding area. Once inside, the huge scale of this monolith is impressive and remained so throughout my vi...  more »
  • I came across St. Bartholomews while planning along weekend in Brighton. Despite the fact that my husband studied here, he'd never heard of it so it was trip advisor that let us to the amazing church....  more »
  • Amazing inside reminds me of Westminster Cathedral. Brick and gold. Volunteers keep the church open for visits most days. It is huge inside, apparently modelled on the proportions of Noahs Ark. Takes ...  more »
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  • I love this church and visited it often when I lived in Brighton some years ago. Last Christmas I stayed with my son and his family, and as Christmas is not Christmas without a service, I chose St Bartholomew's. The church looked magnificent, was sympathetically decorated , and the singing was wonderful, but I had to leave early because of the incense , which I had the full benefit of sitting near the front. The warden in charge of the offensive substance was swinging it with such enthusiasm as to cause a white out, hiding alter and those officiating from view. Really O.T.T. I suffer from asthma, and could feel my throat and lungs constricting, so I left with my son, before I had a full blown attack. I sing in a small village choir and attend Christmas service on a smaller scale, but still with all the atmosphere of love and hope.Such a pity that my Brighton Christmas service was spoilt by overdoing the incense. I DID NOT SEE ANY WARNING for visitors about the incense.
  • they understand belif.and istens,u can light up the candles for three gods.
  • One of the biggest churches i have seen. Friendly people. Attached to the school. Regular service run weekly.
  • Beautiful church, good venue.
  • I love this church, legend says the the roof is made from noahs ark! I suggest looking up when you enter

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