All Saints Church, Hove

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All Saints Church, Hove

All Saints is a Grade 1 Listed example of high Victorian architecture designed and built by J.L. Pearson (who also built Truro Cathedral).

All Saints is an imposing church,one of the largest of the 19th century Gothic revival. Pearson used local sandstone for the exterior. The interior is also of stone, usually only seen in the grandest of mediaeval buildings, and the great roof is constructed of Sussex oak. The narthex at the western end leads through to a very wide nave with aisles and tall arcades on both sides and a chancel with side chapels. One of these is separated from the body of the church by a canopied screen of great richness carved in wood, dedicated to people from the parish killed in the First World War. The church is dominated by a stone reredos carved by Nathaniel Hitch and installed in 1908. Pearson used a clever conceit in the design of the church to produce a visual concentration on the reredos, and the east end of the church was described by the architect Harry Stuart Goodhart-Rendel as nearly perfect as can be.

Other internal fixtures include oak choir stalls and canopies designed by Frank Loughborough Pearson in memory of Thomas Peacey, a stone pulpit and red marble seven sided font. There is also a complete scheme of stained glass windows by the eminent firm of Clayton & Bell, including the great west window, which commemorates King Edward VII who in 1896, before his accession to the throne, had attended a service at the church.

The great organ was built by the firm of William Hill & Son, London, in 1915 it was encased in a double fronted organ-case of magnificent proportions designed by Frank Loughborough Pearson.The organ was restored in 1987 and was one of the first to be awarded a historic organ certificate by the British Institute of Organ Studies as being of international importance.

Price per day £500-2000
Available for hourly hire Yes
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step-free access
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