St Nicholas of Myra

Photo:St Nicholas church

St Nicholas church


Photo:The Norman font

The Norman font

Sacred destinations

Photo:Towards the Rest Garden

Towards the Rest Garden

Bob Young

By Tony Bailey

St Nicholas is the original parish church of Brighton, and the oldest building in the town. There has been a church of this dedication for nine centuries with a reference in the Domesaday Book.

The oldest surviving link to this remote past is the beautiful Norman Font, of Caen stone, now considered by experts to have been carved in 1170.

St Nicholas is the patron saint of sailors and and the location of the church on Clifton Hill provided a useful landfall for local fishermen.

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Heritage trails identify the many local celebrities who are buried in the churchyard at St Nicholas, including:

Martha Gunn

Sake Deen Mahomed

Capt. Nicholas Tattersell

Harriet Byron

Anna Maria Crouch

Swann Downer

Amon Wilds

Corporal Staines

Phoebe Hessel

Stanley Stokes

'Smoaker' Miles

William Lambert

This page was added on 14/04/2010.

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