new portico at brighton unitarian church revealed
After months of restoration work, the scaffolding obscuring the Amon Henry Wilds-designed Brighton Unitarian Church has been taken down, revealing the newly restored portico on the New Road venue.
“After months of hard work, we are very pleased to be unveiling the façade in all its glory, with just a few finishing touches to make. Once again, this creative space in the heart of Brighton can be enjoyed by all the community,” said venue manager Marion Bance.
Earlier this year, it was found that the iconic Greek classical pillars – modelled on Athens’ ancient Temple of Theseus – of the much-loved 1820 landmark were under threat of collapse. The church was therefore placed on the Historic England ‘at risk’ register. This galvanised churchgoers and members of the community into action with a fundraising campaign and they secured a Heritage Lottery Fund grant to pay for the repair work.
But the story doesn’t end there, sadly. Unfortunately, experts later found further damage, bumping up the repair bill. Although the works are nearing completion and the space is available for hire, the church still has a way to go to pay the full and final bills.
So, if you have a few spare pennies and would like to support the beautiful, inclusive church, that also serves as a fantastic events space for gigs (we’ve had some of our best Great Escape experiences here), weddings, book discussions, art exhibitions, dance classes and more, you can do so via the Brighton Unitarian Just Giving page.