Brighton Places of Worship Walking Tour, Brighton

Brighton is home to a huge number of beautiful churches and old religious buildings. Some churches date back to the 18th century and are beautiful buildings of architectural, historical, cultural and religious value. This walking tour will take you to the most important religious sites in Brighton.
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Brighton Places of Worship Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Brighton Places of Worship Walking Tour
Guide Location: England » Brighton (See other walking tours in Brighton)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km
Author: leticia
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St Bartholomew's Church

1) St Bartholomew's Church

St Bartholomew's Church, dedicated to the apostle Bartholomew, is an Anglican church in Brighton. The neo-gothic building is located on Ann Street, on a sloping site between Brighton railway station and the A23 London Road. 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. High walls of reddish-brown brick, now aged to a purplish-brown color, are topped by a steeply pitched roof with dark tiling. The church is a Grade I-listed building, meaning that it is a building "of outstanding or national architectural or historic interest". Its size gives it unique acoustics and the ability to accommodate large numbers of people, which have made it an ideal venue for classical and other music concerts.

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St Peter's Anglican Church

2) St Peter's Anglican Church

St Peter's Church is a Church of England parish church in Brighton. It is near the centre of the town, on an island between two major roads. Built from 1824-28 to a design by Sir Charles Barry, it is arguably the finest example of the pre-Victorian Gothic Revival style. It has been the parish church of Brighton since 1873, and is sometimes unofficially referred to as "Brighton's cathedral".

In December 2007, after a long period of consultation, the Diocesan Pastoral Committee recommended to the Church Commissioners that St Peter's should be made redundant. On 8 May 2009, Holy Trinity Brompton Church in London, an influential Church of England parish church which created the Alpha course, agreed to take over its ownership and running. The parish of St Peter, previously merged with that of the Chapel Royal, will be reconstituted as a separate, smaller parish. Services restarted on Sunday 1 November 2009. The Vicar is Archie Coates and the Curate is Jonny Gumbel, son of Nicky Gumbel who developed the Alpha Course. St Peter's is the proud owner of a large and fine pipe organ built in 1888 for the Hampstead Conservatoire of Music by Henry Willis and brought to Brighton in 1910.

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Gloucester Place Baptist Church

3) Gloucester Place Baptist Church

Gloucester Place Baptist Church is another religious building in Brighton. The church is situated on Gloucester Place, up the prominent Victoria Gardens. Gloucester Place Baptist Church is pretty large and features brick walls and decorated windows.
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Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church

4) Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church

The Church of the Holy Trinity is a Greek Orthodox church in Brighton, part of the English city of Brighton and Hove. Built in 1838 in one of Brighton's most notorious slum districts, Carlton Hill, it was an Anglican church for most of its life: dedicated to St John the Evangelist, it was used by the Anglican community until it was declared redundant in 1980. After some uncertainty about its future, it was sold to Brighton's Greek Orthodox community in 1985 and has been used as their permanent place of worship since then. Reflecting its architectural and historical importance, it has been listed at Grade II since 1971.

Built in brick (in a Flemish bond pattern) with some stone dressings, the church has a stuccoed southern frontage, facing Carlton Hill; none of the other elevations are easily visible. A deep central recess is flanked by two prominent wings with entrance doors and large stone pilasters, above which is a pediment with an embedded clock. The large crucifix above the entrance is a recent addition. The Georgian-style front elevation, which was improved in 1957 by L.A. Mackintosh has been described as "strangely bleak".

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Park Hill Evangelical Church

5) Park Hill Evangelical Church

Park Hill Evangelical Church can be found on Park Hill, on the road to south Queens Park in Brighton. This building was formerly St Andrew's Presbyterian Church from 1894 until 1943. Traditional religious services are held on Sunday and some other days as well.
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St Mary the Virgin Church

6) St Mary the Virgin Church

St Mary the Virgin Church is an Anglican church in the Kemptown area of Brighton, in the English city of Brighton and Hove. The present building dates from the late 1870s and replaced a church of the same name which suddenly collapsed while being renovated. The Gothic-style red-brick building, whose style resembles Early English revival and French Gothic revival, is now a Grade II listed building, and remains in use despite threats of closure.

The original St Mary the Virgin Church was one of four chapels built in the 1820s. Barnard Gregory had obtained an Act in 1825 to allow him to build St Margaret's Church in Cannon Place in central Brighton. In 1873, St Mary the Virgin became a parish church for the first time when Brighton's parishes and ecclesiastical districts were reorganized. St Mary the Virgin's parish was extended in 1948 when the nearby St James's Church closed, and when it was demolished in 1975 some memorials and fixtures were moved.

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Chapel Royal

7) Chapel Royal (must see)

The Chapel Royal is an 18th-century place of worship in the centre of Brighton, part of the English city of Brighton and Hove. Built as a chapel of ease, it became one of Brighton's most important churches, gaining its own parish and becoming closely associated with the Prince Regent and fashionable Regency-era society. It remains an active church.

The original chapel was a stuccoed building in a broadly Classical style, with rounded sash windows and a pediment with the Prince's coat of arms. A row of Doric columns flanked the entrance. Inside there were galleries on each wall, supported by decorated columns. The gallery above the altar contained the organ, and there was a tall, highly decorated pulpit. The alterations of 1876–1877 removed the gallery above the altar and added a chancel, separated from the nave by an iron rood screen, new pulpit and lectern. The main weekly service at the Chapel Royal is held on Sundays at 11:00am. Other services are held on Saturdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. There has been a long musical tradition at the chapel; concerts have been held right from the beginning, and continue to be a regular feature, usually on Tuesdays.

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St Paul's Church

8) St Paul's Church

St Paul's Church, dedicated to the missionary and Apostle to the Gentiles Paul of Tarsus, is a Church of England parish church in Brighton. It is located on West Street in the city centre, close to the seafront and the main shopping areas. The church was the fourth to have been built on the instruction of Rev. Henry Michell Wagner, Vicar of Brighton since 1824. St Paul's church opened to the public on 18 October 1848 after approximately two years of building works. The exterior of the church consists of knapped flint dressed with Caen stone, a type of limestone also used on the Tower of London. Inside, as well as a nave and chancel, there are two vestries, an organ chamber and a small "crypt chapel" dug into sloping ground. This subsequently became a library. One of the vestries was originally built as a reading-room; it is now known as the "Fishermen's Vestry".

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St Nicholas Church

9) St Nicholas Church

The Church of Saint Nicholas of Myra, usually known as St. Nicholas Church, is an Anglican church in Brighton. It is both the original parish church of Brighton and the oldest surviving building in Brighton. It is located on high ground at the junction of Church Street and Dyke Road in the city centre, very close to the main shopping areas. Although there is no certainty over where this church was located, it is possible that it stood on the site of the present-day St. Nicholas church: although Bristelmestune was located some distance to the south immediately adjacent to the coast, the ground there was marshy and suffered from erosion, and was vulnerable to attacks from invaders. The higher ground of the hill where the present church stands would have been better strategically and defensively, as well as being highly visible to residents of the village and the fishermen at sea.

St Nicholas Church is still widely known as "The Mother Church of Brighton". Sunday services are held at 8.00am and 10.30am, and 20-minute morning and evening prayer sessions are held on every other day of the week. Other activities include a Sunday school, a youth group and regular live music.

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St. Mary Magdalen Church

10) St. Mary Magdalen Church

St Mary Magdalen's Church is a Roman Catholic church in the Montpelier area of Brighton, part of the English city of Brighton and Hove. It is one of six Roman Catholic churches in Brighton and one of eleven in the city area.

Gilbert Blount was commissioned to design it. The first part of the church to be built was the sanctuary and its adjoining chapels, which were finished in 1861. The first part of the nave was added in 1862; this was then extended in 1864, when the spire was also built. The official opening date was 16 August 1864. The church is a 13th-century Early English/Decorated Gothic-style building. Mass is said once on Saturday evenings and three times on Sundays; the second of the three Sunday services is said in Polish. There are two services on Holy Days of Obligation. The Sacrament of Penance is offered twice weekly.

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