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St Mary's Church
St Mary's RC Church, Surrenden Road, Preston Park, Brighton (NHLE Code 1426315) (November 2015) (1).jpg
Coordinates: 50°50′41″N 0°08′45″W / 50.8447°N 0.1458°W / 50.8447; -0.1458
Location Preston Village, East Sussex
Country England
Denomination Roman Catholic
Website StMarysBrighton.com
History
Status Active
Dedication Blessed Virgin Mary
Architecture
Functional status Parish church
Heritage designation Grade II listed
Designated 4 June 2015
Architect(s) Percy Aiden Lamb
Style Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 9 August 1910
Completed 7 April 1912
Administration
Deanery Brighton and Hove
Diocese Arundel and Brighton
Province Southwark

St Mary's Church is a Roman Catholic Parish church in the Preston Village area of Brighton and Hove, East Sussex, England. It was built from 1910 to 1912 in the Arts and Crafts style of Gothic Revival architecture. It is situated on the Surrenden Road on the corner with Preston Drove opposite Preston Park. It was designed by Percy Aiden Lamb, a student of Edward Goldie, and is a Grade II listed building.

History

Foundation

In 1903, the Sisters of Charity and Christian Instruction of Nevers moved into the Preston Village area of Brighton. They did so to escape the secularisation occurring in France at the time. At first they worked within the parish of St Joseph's Church in Brighton. In 1904, the sisters were invited by the Bishop of Southwark, Peter Amigo, to start a convent school in the Withdean area of the city. Their convent chapel also served as a place of worship for the local Catholic population. In 1906, a Fr Frederick Hopper became chaplain to the convent. With the increasing congregation he started the process of getting a new Catholic church built in the area.

Construction

In 1907, the site for St Mary's Church was bought from the lands of Preston Manor. Catherine and Denis Broderick gave money for the building of the church. On 9 August 1910, the foundation stone was laid. In 1912, construction was finished and the first Mass was said in the church on 7 April 1912. Construction was halted then because of a disagreement because Broderick wanted the sanctuary built first, instead of Hopper's plans of building a tower. When the church was opened, a tower was built, but the east side of the church with its fittings were left unfinished.

The architect was Percy Aidan Lamb. In 1907, not long before being commissioned to design St Mary's Church, he started his architectural firm in London. Before that he trained with Edward Goldie. From 1895 to 1907, he worked for John Francis Bentley on the construction of Westminster Cathedral. He built St Mary's Church in the Gothic Revival style with Arts and Crafts movement influences. In the church, he also designed the font made of onyx. It was made by J. Whitehead & Son, crafted from a pair of columns originally constructed for Westminster Cathedral.

Parish

The church has three Sunday Masses, they are at 7:00 pm on Saturday evening and at 10:00 am and 12 midday on Sunday. There are weekday Masses at 10:00 am on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

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