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A potted history

St Michaels & All Angels is two churches in one. The first was built in 1862 by Bodley and the second by Burges some time later.The church is grade one listed and is the most highly ranked Sussex church in Simon Jenkins Thousand Best Churches book.

The church has internationally famous stained glass by William Morris, Burne- Jones, C E Kempe and others.

The church continues its history of outreach to the community including its famous Saturday Community breakfasts 9-11am.

For more details see the church website www.saintmichaelsbrighton.org

St Michaels and All Angels
Image reproduced with permission from Brighton History Centre

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  • Hi, when was this photograph taken? Was it before the work the Burges did later? Thanks

    By Rosie Sandford (12/04/2013)
  • In the early to mid 1980s I was working for a roofing company called John Williams & Co based in Lancing. I spent two weeks working on this church re-slating mostly the upper levels of the roof with various other gangs. The whole job took quite some time to do. I lived in Brighton around the Queens Park area and worked as a roof tiler around the Sussex area.

    By Mike Peckett (18/08/2013)
  • 1. Reply to Rosie: yes.
    2. Question: Why is this building known as “the cathedral of the back streets”?   When and how did it get its (incongruous) name?  Anywhere less like back streets I’ve yet to see!

    By John McKean (30/01/2015)

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