Saturday, 20 March 2010

St. Pauls from Boyces Street

Wandering around Brighton it is still possible to frame an image in which the 20th.Century is not too obtrusive.

St. Pauls is Grade II* listed. Although originally intended to have a stone spire, the tower was finished 1873-75 with a timber octagonal belfry and low spire to keep the weight on the foundations down. In the early 1990's it was found to be infested with pigeons and in a perilous state. The Council was very nervous about it. It was finally restored in 1996 at a cost of £562,000. 70% of this was met by a grant from English Heritage and the rest from the sale of the church's High Altar tryptych 'the Adoration of the Magi' by Edward Burne-Jones. A one-third size reproduction of the painting was specially commissioned and is now on display in the church.

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