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Have you ever wondered why Brighton has so many Anglo Catholic churches?

Come to St Michael’s, Victoria Road, Brighton BN1 3FU Friday 29th March 6.30pm for a talk by eminent local historian, Sue Berry.

£8 on the door (doors open at 6pm)

Controversy – in Brighton’s Victorian Churches

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The earlier phase of the Anglo Catholic movement greatly influenced worship in the Anglican Church from the 1840s.  It also created national headlines for Brighton which made a change from news about celebrities and sewerage issues.

St Paul’s in West Street was the first centre for the debates over the return of rituals regarded by some as Roman Catholic and, a threat to the simpler Anglican approach to worship which had developed from the Tudor period.  The Rev Arthur Wagner, incumbent of St Paul’s, was sometimes subjected to unpleasant behaviour in public because of his views and behaved with great dignity.

Wagner attracted very committed curates who went on to be the incumbents of other churches in Brighton which also became notorious for their Anglo-Catholic practices such as St Michael’s, St James, Bartholomew’s and The Annunciation.

Dr Berry will briefly explore what Anglo-Catholicism was and why it upset some so much and concentrate on its influence in Brighton


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While we’re on the subject of researching houses, there is a fascinating website called My House My Street (mhms.org.uk), created by staff and volunteers at The Regency Town House in Hove, a grade I listed building of the mid-1820s as part of architect Charles Busby’s ‘Brunswick Estate’, being developed as a heritage centre and museum. (more…)

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Genealogy can be addictive!

Having lived in the same house in Compton Avenue for over half of my life, a few years ago I decided it was high time that I started researching its history and inhabitants, which has proved a fascinating and, somewhat, obsessive journey.

Running alongside my house research I have also been carrying on from where my late father left off investigating his, and my, ancestors, resulting in delightful and informative trips to Herefordshire and Worcestershire over recent summer holidays. Finding an elderly gent sitting outside the house where my Nan had lived in 1911 was a treat and we got an idea of how the family lived then as nothing much seemed to have changed. (more…)

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BE of West Hill muses while he is out and about . . .

  • It’s gone, it’s gone, it’s gone! Yes, the abandoned London-style cab, rotting in a residential bay in Alexandra Villas for the last two years has gone, finally! Did Santa use it for deliveries? Or did the council eventually take notice of my two hand-delivered letters and one email? Perhaps the wardens thought that, because of the bird droppings, the car was part of the tree canopy! I assume the council (and us) has lost revenue and incurred the cost of removal.


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Last April, in an article about recycling, we mentioned the Green Centre stall in the Open Market in London Road on Thursdays, which recycles many items that are not accepted in the Council recycling bins. At the time of going to press the Green Centre is looking for a low rent, ground floor office/studio where they can load/unload and process the recycling (5m x 5m min); and a low rent space to park their bus in Brighton & Hove. (more…)

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Over the last few issues of The Whistler we have introduced the current members of the West Hill Community Association management committee (the Trustees) to give you a flavour of who they are, what they do and maybe to inspire you to become one yourself.

In this issue we meet COLETTE WILSON. (more…)

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People who receive the annual Winter Fuel Payment and feel they do not need it are invited to donate it to  who ensure that every penny goes towards helping people in the City to alleviate their fuel poverty. While the impact of fuel poverty in Brighton & Hove is slightly lower than England as a whole, it is higher than the South-East average. (more…)

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