Lancaster, St John the Evangelist Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
St John's is a good example of a Georgian town church. It is composed of a five-bay nave, small chancel with apse, small Victorian south porch, and west tower. Round-headed windows are used throughout, and the design is very homogenous - and blessedly unaltered by subsequent renovations.
The tower is the most striking feature; this was built by Thomas Harrison and comprises three square lower sections rising to an octagonal rotunda in classical style, topped by a small dome and short Gothic spire.
The interior is spacious and open, with galleries on three sides overlooking the nave, which is full of the box pews so beloved of Georgian church architects. The pews each have a number plate, as they would have been rented to church parishioners. The nave must originally have held a three-decker pulpit of carved wood, but this has been replaced with a Victorian wrought-iron pulpit. There is also some very nice Victorian stained glass.
St John's is no longer in regular use and is in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust. Please check the Trust website for current opening details.
Sadly, we have learned that St John's Church is being badly affected by dry rot. The Churches Conservation Trust has launched an urgent appeal for funds to save the structure of the building before the damage becomes irreversible. Until the necessary work is done the church remains closed to visitors.
About Lancaster, St John the Evangelist Church
Address: North Road, Lancaster, Lancashire, England, LA1 1PA
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: Located at the junction of North Road and Chapel Street
Website: Lancaster, St John the Evangelist Church
Churches Conservation Trust
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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