ACOUSTIC TRIANGLE 2005 TOUR
ST. BARTHOLOMEW'S, BRIGHTON, SUSSEX
The sheer size of this building is extremely impressive. It is 52m
(170ft) long, 18m (59ft) wide and the roof is an astonishing 44m (144ft)
high - the tallest of any parish church in the British Isles. The
absence of side-aisles and chancel further enhances the experience of
It was built by Father Arthur Wagner, a wealthy 'Anglo- Catholic' and
curate of St. Paul's church in nearby West Street. The foundation stone
was laid in February 1872, and the first service was held around two and
a half years later. The design is by Edmund Scott and it is built mainly
of brick. The interior is in Italianate 'Venetian' style. Henry Wilson
designed the magnificent Art Nouveau-style Sanctuary - with its ornate
marble work and enormous candlesticks - in 1895.
St. Bartholomew's is a high church (in more ways than one) and the
building regularly hosts top-class classical music concerts.
Special thanks to Rev. Michael Wells, Delia and John Spink.
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