St Bartholomew's Church

St Bartholomew’s Church

Fr Arthur Douglas Wagner (1824 - 1902) the son of the vicar of Brighton, who became vicar of St Paul's Brighton from 1848 until his death, built several churches in Brighton, including St Bartholomew's.  

Fr Wagner built a small mission church of St Bartholomew in 1868 (The Small Church) and a school in 1871, both of which were demolished many years ago. The new school was built in the 1970s on a new site next to the church. He purchased the rest of the site and the ‘Big Church’, which you see today, was built. The building cost £18,000 and the foundation stone was laid in 1872. The ‘Big Church’ opened on Tuesday the 8th September 1874, on the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The architect of St Bartholomew's was Edmund Scott who was born in 1828 and lived in London until moving to Brighton in 1853. Entering the Church, most people are amazed at the sheer height and space of the building –  it is lovingly referred to as ‘The Ark’, given its dimensions. The designer of much of the interior was Henry Wilson (1864 - 1924). He was an exponent of the Arts and Crafts Movement which flourished around the close of the nineteenth century.

St Bartholomew’s is part of the Church of England and is Anglo-Catholic in its tradition – which emphasises the sacramental nature of worship and places particular importance on the Mass (our older children attend Mass regularly).  

If you would like to discuss having your child Baptised or Confirmed, please speak to Ms Blood, who will arrange for our School Chaplain, Fr Martin Morgan S.C.P., to meet with you.