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Hundreds of buildings and structures in the city were assessed against criteria which covered their "local historic, architectural, design and townscape value", and those meeting the criteria were designated as locally listed buildings (subject to final approval by the council's Economic Development and Culture Committee later in 2015).This supplemented the nearby St Stephen's Church following the rapid development of the Montpelier and Clifton Hill areas west of Brighton railway station in the early 19th century.
More than 40 former religious buildings, although still in existence, are no longer used for their original purpose.A building committee, set up by Henry Michell Wagner before his death, allowed Arthur Wagner and his half-brothers to choose the site themselves.Brighton's parish church between 18 was designed by Charles Barry in the Gothic Revival style and built between 18 at a prominent location described at the time as "the entrance to the town".He laid the foundation stone in 1793 and attended the first service in 1795, The Vicar of Hove asked John Loughborough Pearson to build a church near Hove railway station in response to rapid residential development in the late 19th century. The knapped flint and red-brick Early English style church is topped by a tall, narrow flèche.Originally a Norman church, it remained almost untouched in a high, isolated position on the South Downs above Hove until restoration in the 1870s.Apart from the ancient parish churches of Brighton (St Nicholas') and Hove (St Andrew's), and those of the nearby villages that are now part of the city, few places of worship existed until the 19th century.
Reverend Henry Michell Wagner (Vicar of Brighton between 18) and his son Reverend Arthur Wagner founded and funded a succession of Anglican churches for the benefit of Brighton's rapidly growing population, while enduring controversy and conflict over their political and religious ideals; As of the 2001 United Kingdom Census, 247,817 people lived in Brighton and Hove.
Of these, 59.1% were Christian, 1.47% were Muslim, 1.36% were Jewish, 0.7% were Buddhist, 0.52% were Hindu, 0.1% were Sikh, 0.85% were affiliated with another religion, 27.02% followed no religion and 8.88% did not state their religion.
Some of these proportions are significantly different from those of England as a whole.
Judaism and Buddhism have a much greater following: 0.52% of people in England are Jewish and 0.28% are Buddhist.
Christianity is much less widespread in the city than in the country overall, in which 71.74% people identify themselves as Christian.
The history of the area now covered by Brighton and Hove spans nearly 1000 years, although the city has only existed in its present form since 2000.