St James, (Kemptown, St Mary the Virgin)




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St James's Street, Brighton, East Sussex.

Grid reference: 531630, 104010, View on: Google Maps, Open Street Map, Streetmap, National Library of Scotland Map or Oldmaps.


Currently there is no incumbent information available.



There are no baptisms in the OPC database.

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There are no burials in the OPC database.

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There are no marriages in the OPC database.

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Monumental inscriptions:

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There are 4 images of this church in the OPC database.

Building information:

Built: 1810 Reb. 1875.

Demolished: 1951.

Architect: Edmund Scott & Hyde.

Style: Early English in flint and red brick. Stained glass by Kempe.

Current use: Demolished.


There is 1 document concerning this church in the OPC database.


There are no books about this church in the Sussex OPC Bibliography.

There are no articles about this church in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Collections Index.


Replaced an earlier proprietary chapel of St James (1810) which later was associated with the ritualist priest John Purchas. It was hidden from the road behind shops and could be reached only along a narrow passage. John Purchas, curate from 1866, controversially introduced Ritualist practices at services; he was prosecuted for this, and banned for a year by the Bishop of Chichester. After its demolition in September 1950, some fixtures went to St Mary the Virgin Church, and a side chapel there was dedicated to St James.

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