St Paul's Parish Church

Main Door, St. Paul's Parish Church

Richard Cromwell Carpenter (1812-1855), with help from A. W. N. Pugin

1846-48; restored 1996

Flint, white limestone, and wood

West Street, Brighton

This church in the Decorated or Middle-Pointed style of Gothic architecture bears out what Reginald Turnor has said about the architect: "although he shared the affectations of the Camdenians with Butterfield, R. C. Carpenter exercised a scholarly restraint and so avoided the worst excesses of inventiveness" (69). See Detail: The central figure is St Paul, and the upper relief on the right is probably the purification in the temple, with (left to right) Simeon, Joseph and Mary (Luke 2:22-35).

Photograph and text Jacqueline Banerjee

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