St Andrew's Church, Hove, East Sussex
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A little bit of Italy in Hove
In the early 1820s, the Prince Regent made the old fishing towns of Brighton and Hove the most fashionable place to be. Here, St Andrew's was built to serve wealthy society, near a gleaming new estate of terraced mansions by the sea. Set back from the sea front, the Italian Renaissance style and symmetry and grandeur of this 1827 church, built by the famous architect Sir Charles Barry, perfectly matches the neighbouring squares and terraces. Inside, light streams through skylights and dances through the stained glass.
In 1925 Randoll Blacking added superb baldacchinos over the altar and font to fulfil the parish priest's desire that St Andrew's should become 'a little bit of Italy in Waterloo Street'. The beautiful painted ceiling features the sun surrounded by a crescent moon, a comet, Saturn and stars. A series of fine nineteenth-century monuments offer an excellent introduction to the good and great who worshipped here in the church's heyday.
Painted treasures in a wonderful landscape. A church from our finest shortlist.
A church that still welcomes wayfarers on the South Downs
A country gem from a gentler era
There are two shallow steps in from the pavement, and limited wheelchair access due to internal fittings.
Facilities & Hire
Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number have heating, running water or toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor.
At lower end of Waterloo Street just off the seafront near Brunswick Square on the boundary between Brighton and Hove; find 'The Meeting Place' cafe on Hove seafront and the Peace Memorial; Waterloo Street is opposite
Nearest railway station: Brighton (1 mile). Bus route numbers 1, 5, 25, 700, X6
History & Further Information
Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out about this church before you visit? You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walk round guides we have for this churchHampshire, Sussex & Surrey County Guide 2012
This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches we care for in Hampshire, Sussex & Surrey. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.
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