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St Bartholomews Church

 

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  • St Bartholomew' s Church has the tallest nave in the entire United Kingdom at 38 metres, slightly more than that of St Paul's Cathedral in London.
  • Despite the soaring height of the ceiling, the building suffers from the paucity of its construction budget. Thanks to a lack of vaulting and poor window positions the ceiling itself appears dark, disappearing behind the beams negating the height. This is compounded by the windows of the clerestory which appear squat thanks to the inclusion of a trio of niches below each.
  • As a result of budget cuts that saw the church constructed for a mere 18,000, only nine bays were constructed instead of eleven, whilst the northern end of the church was left unfinished - this included the failure to build the planned transepts and a spire.
  • Despite the obvious cheapness of the structure, the high altar is highly decorated and reflects the High Anglican views of Reverend Arthur W. C. Cocks who was vicar from 1895 until 1911 when left the church ten years later after becoming a catholic. It is notable for being designed by the first editor of Architectural Review, Henry Wilson.

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Architect
Edmund Scott
Interior Designer
Henry Wilson
Main Contractor
Stanning & Co.

Reference Data

Reference No.
6679
First Uploaded
13-07-2012
Last Editorial Date
03-09-2012
 

Building Location

Address
Ann Street, Brighton. BN1 4GP
Council
Brighton and Hove
County
East Sussex
Region
South East
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Complete
Proposal date
1868
Construction start date
1872
Completion date
1874
Heritage Status
Grade II
Style
Gothic Revival

Pinnacle Height (AGL)
43.89
Pinnacle Type
Spire
Roof Height (AGL)
41.20

Total Floors (O.G)
2

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Primary Use
Place of Worship

Floorspace (sq m)
931.00

Construction Cost
£18,000.00
Budget Date
1874

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