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the old building, -which was pulled down. This in its turn was vacated by the late Vicar, the Rev. H. M. Wagner, in 1885, and pulled down in 1887 : a garden was attached to the same of about a quarter of an acre, and the premises were situated at the eastern end of Prince Albert Street.
In the beginning of the sixteenth century the Rev. Edward Lowe was Vicar of the Parish, his successor was the Rev. Jno. Bolt (spoken of hereafter), and who died Nov. 2nd, 1660. He was succeeded by the Rev. — Falkner, who was Incumbent till 1705, when the Rev. Wm. Colbron succeeded him and held it till his death, on the 20th of July, 1750 (being an ancestor of the late Town Surveyor of that name). The next Vicar of Brighthelmston was the Rev. Henry Michell (grandfather of the late Rev. Henry Michell Wagner), who was made Rector of Maresfield at the age of 25 years, and five years after the Bishop of Chichester collated him to the Vicarage of Brighton and the Rectory of West Blatchington. In 1747 he married the only daughter of the Rev. Francis Reade, of Bedford, by whom he had sixteen children. A marble tablet, near the belfry of the Parish Church, speaks of his profound learning and estimable character. He died on the thirty - first of October, 1789, and was succeeded by the Rev. Thomas Hudson, who had for several years been Curate, and who commenced the first Chapel of Ease to the Church in this town, situated in Prince's Place, and known as " The Chapel Royal," the Prince of Wales laying the first stone on the twenty - fifth day of November, 1793. Mr Hudson died in 1804, and was succeeded by the Rev. Robert James Carr, D.D., after­wards Dean of Hereford and Bishop of Chichester and Worcester. He was succeeded by the Rev. H. M. Wagner, in July, 1824, who died October 7th, 1870, at the age of 77 years, and was succeeded by the present Vicar,
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