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Report - Brighton St Peter's church roof and bell tower, nov 2011

Discussion in 'High Stuff' started by MOFO, Nov 7, 2011.

  1. MOFO

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    History of the buildingSt Peter's Church was founded as a chapel of ease associated with Brighton's oldest church and its existing parish church, St Nicholas'. The contract to design the new church was won in open competition by Charles Barry, then only in his mid-twenties. It was built in an approximation of the 14th- and 15th-century Perpendicular or Late Gothic style, typical of the so-called Commissioners' churches, of which St Peter's was one. It was not a revival of its style in the manner of Barry's pupil Augustus Pugin, but, as Nikolaus Pevsner described it, "[it] remedies this fault by remarkable inventiveness and boldness".[4]

    The foundation stone was laid by the Vicar of Brighton, Rev. R. J. Carr dd, on 8 May 1824,[5] at a location which was at the time "the entrance to the town"[6] but which is now in the city centre, following the rapid development of Brighton since that date. The ceremony of consecration was led by the same man on 25 January 1828.

    A spire was designed by Barry in 1841, but it was never built. The side aisles originally had galleries (such as those to be seen at churches such as Christ Church, Spitalfields), but these were taken down, as were so many, as a result of the cultural and liturgical changes made in the wake of the Oxford Movement.

    Barry's hexagonal apse was demolished in 1898 to make way for a much larger, straight-ended chancel designed by Somers Clarke and J.T. Mickelthwaite, built in Sussex sandstone, its warm hue contrasting with the cold, white appearance of the Portland stone in which the rest of the church was built. The building work continued until 1906.[7] The new chancel, 53 feet (16 m) long and 35 feet (11 m) wide,[8] was consecrated in the presence of the then Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Randall Thomas Davidson.

    The church has a selection of stained glass windows, most of which are by Charles Eamer Kempe. The liturgical east side (geographical north) has a window commemorating Queen Victoria, presented to the church on behalf of the people of Brighton[9] using funds raised in the town.[10]

    St Peter's was listed at Grade II* on 24 March 1950.[1] As of February 2001, it was one of 70 Grade II*-listed buildings and structures, and 1,218 listed buildings of all grades, in the city of Brighton and Hove.[11

    Well ever since i came to brighton this has been on my list. My night started off with a quick power nap a cup of tea. After wakeing up abit i mayed my way there. As i had been looking at this for some time i was quick geting in and up. Geting to the roof i made my way alone the side to get some shots takeing care not to step on the roof tiles ete. Now my plan was only to get photos of the roof but i found a nice little hole into the tower. The frist thing i saw was the great old bells hanging in front of me, i did keep an eye on time just in case thay rang. Theres a few sets of ladders around the bell leading to the top of them,ontop of this ladders are fixed to the side of the tower lending to the roof. Felt amzing to be on the top. Iv done many tall climbs and this was by far the best simply because i see it ever day. Anyway if you want move info use google lol

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