Funding Boost For Historic Brighton Church

Brighton Unitarian Church

Brighton Unitarian Church has received a funding boost in the shape of a £10,000 National Churches Trust Repair Grant to help repair the classical portico entrance.

The church is one of 54 churches and chapels in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland that are set to benefit from rescue funding of £310,060 from the National Churches Trust, the UK’s church support charity.

Huw Edwards, Broadcaster and Journalist and Vice-President of the National Churches Trust said: “At the heart of communities in cities, towns and villages, churches are a treasure trove of architecture, history and faith.

“I’m delighted that Brighton Unitarian Church is to be saved for the future with the help of a £10,000 National Churches Trust Repair Grant.

“This will help ensure the future of this historic Brighton church, at the centre of Brighton’s Regency streetscape.”

The project

The project helped by the National Churches Trust involves urgent structural repairs to the classical portico at the front of the church. The portico currently is at risk because of water penetrating into the columns. The columns are cracked vertically and horizontally, and the stucco also is in need of restoration.

The columns will be re-rendered and painted with breathable paint. Cracked and loose limestone paving slabs in the colonnade will also be replaced.

This city centre church will then be able to keep its doors open as a place of worship, heritage site, and diverse community hub.

The church

Brighton Unitarian Church was built in 1820. Architect Amon Henry Wilds designed the church in the style of the Temple of Theseus, with a classical portico, columns, and steps. It is part of Brighton’s Regency streetscape, built on land purchased from the Prince Regent in a prominent position opposite the Royal Pavilion and the Corn Exchange.

The church has been a place of worship for nearly 200 years, services are held every Sunday for a lively and engaged congregation.

Brighton Unitarian Church is used by the entire community. It welcomes support groups, including MA meetings, Death Cafes, Martlets Hospice and the Samaritans. Social activities include African drumming, mother and baby groups, pre-school music and arts, University of the Third Age tango classes, Qi Gong, yoga and meditation.  It also hosts a range of different choirs including the Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus.  

Jay Jones, from Brighton Unitarian Church said: “We are grateful to the National Churches Trust for this significant contribution to our building restoration.  This funding will help us maintain our church as a place of worship and as a community resource.”

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