The Heritage Restoration Project

The Heritage Restoration Project

In previous phases of the renovation (2015-16) the pinnacles and balustrade at the top of the tower were rebuilt by a team of skilled stonemasons and the roof was replaced. The most recent phase (2017-18) has seen the arches below the balustrade restored to their former glory, so the upper part of the tower is now looking splendid!

Rev Archie Coates, Vicar of St Peter’s Brighton said:

“Many local residents and passers-by will have noticed the scaffolding starting to come down on St Peter’s, revealing the beautiful craftsmanship that’s culminated from many hours of hard work."

Additional funding of £250,000 has been received for the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), to continue work lower down and this will see the work continuing through until Christmas 2018. In total, the HLF has generously donated £750,00. Other generous grants have been received from English Heritage, the National Churches Trust, Garfield Weston, Amex, All Churches Trust and Sussex Historic Churches Trust.

The drone video below gives an excellent view of the restoration and of the rest of the St. Peter’s building.



Restoring St Peter’s – Our Heritage

Since 2009 we have been restoring our church building – helping to return it to its former glory, matching its reputation as one of the most magnificent and well-known buildings in Brighton. It is affectionately known as the ‘cathedral of Brighton’. The church, and especially its tower, is an important part of the city’s architectural skyline, visible as it is from around Brighton especially from a large number of other key heritage sites.

St Peter’s was commissioned following an Act of Parliament in 1818 to ‘promote the building of additional churches in populous parishes’.  These ‘Commissioners’ churches’ are a key part of our heritage due to their innovative structural qualities and historical importance as the greatest state-funded wave of church building ever seen in England (Historic England).

The church architect was Sir Charles Barry, later architect of the Palace of Westminster and knighted for his contribution to the field of architecture.

It is a Grade II* listed building.

For more details on the heritage of St Peter’s:

Heritage at Risk

Such as massive structure as St Peter’s with its location a short distance from the sea front from which salt laden winds are funnelled up the valley has taken a toll on the building. The salt’s corrosive effect plus that of general weathering and aging has led to increasing maintenance needs over the past few decades. Almost closed in 2005, St Peter’s was re-launched in 2009, when considerable restoration work was done to the main body of the church.

We are now focused on the restoration of the Tower, by far the largest aspect of this project to date – estimated to cost more than 2 million pounds to complete.

When the work is complete the St. Peter’s tower will stand proudly at the northern end of the redeveloped Valley Gardens – this beautiful and very significant Government-funded redevelopment of central Brighton is about to begin.


Our Vision

When construction of St Peter’s began in 1824, the site stood at the gateway to Brighton, welcoming residents and visitors to our great city!  Our prayer as a church is that now, as then, this beautiful building will signify ‘home’ to all who see it and be a shining beacon to the city.

We are also pleased to welcome school groups to the church to learn more about the heritage of St Peter’s and the building project itself. Please contact us on if you are interested.


Restoration narrative


Steam Cleaning


How can you help?

We are so grateful for the generous support of many Trusts and Foundations including the Heritage Lottery Fund, National Churches Trust, American Express, The Garfield Weston Foundation, Sussex Historic Churches and Allchurches Trust.

We would also like to thank Historic England for their ongoing support and advice.

If you’d like to donate, use our JustGiving page, or to find out more about the project contact us.

Supported by The National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.


Get in touch

  • St Peter's Church
    York Place
    BN1 4GU
    United Kingdom
  • 01273 698 182