A VICTORIAN church has been named at risk to take the total number of Sussex sites under threat to 100.

All Souls Church in Athelstan Road, Hastings, which dates back to 1889, has been added to Historic England's at risk register.

It joins other sites such as Brighton's Hippodrome, the West Pier, Marlborough House, Saltdean Lido and Eastbourne Pier.

Designed by English architect Sir Arthur Blomfield, All Souls Church closed for worship in February 2008.

As well as the building being vacant for a long period of time, there is also backlog of repairs and maintenance which needs to be tackled.

Other previously-ailing buildings have been removed from the list.

Five sites in East Sussex, including the stables at Stanmer House in Brighton, along with two non-conformist chapels in West Sussex including Blue Idol Meeting House in Coolham, are no longer "at risk".

The grade II*-listed stables in Stanmer Park, which dates to about 1725, has been removed from the register following works to convert them into housing.

Nearby, the Church of St Michael in High Street, Lewes, has been removed following repairs to the roof and guttering.

In West Sussex, the Unitarian Chapel in Billingshurst, along with the Blue Idol Meeting House, have been removed from the register following grant-aided repairs.

The Blue Idol is a Quaker meeting house, still in use by the Society of Friends, which reflects the long association of Coolham with the prominent local Quaker community. William Penn, who founded Pennsylvania, US, was closely involved in the Meeting House’s establishment and is believed to have worshipped there. Intricate repairs to the timber framed building have been challenging, but the Meeting House re-opened during the summer.

Historic England gave £107,000 in grant aid towards the necessary works.

In Brighton, the Church of St Mary the Virgin in St James's Street, St Peter's Church in St Peter's Place and St Paul's Church in West Street remain on the register.

Dr Andy Brown, planning director for Historic England in the South East, said: “This year’s register gives us the most complete sense of the state of our nation’s heritage to date.

"It’s a different story depending on where you are in the country. Together we can safeguard our most precious places and buildings for future generations to learn from and to remember the debt we owe to our forebears.

"If they’re lost, then part of our regional distinctiveness is lost too."