Church of St John the Evangelist, Lancaster, Lancashire

Address: North Road, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 1PA
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A boom-time church for a rich city parish

St John’s is a product of industry and prosperity, built in 1754-55 when the congregation of the nearby Priory church became too large. The Georgian tower was added in 1784.

Lancaster’s port on the River Lune was thriving, the population was growing and the church reflects this in it's stylish, urbane interior.  Everything about it is smart.

There are galleries over the aisles and numbered box pews below. The church is full of gleaming polished wood and rich colours.

Two Victorian stained-glass windows are both sumptuous and subtle.

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Road directions

Junction of North Road and Chapel Street.

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Lancaster (0.5 mile).

OS Reference No.

SD 478 619

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News

16/07/14 Wendy Leaney impressed the judges with her skillfully sculpted creation made out of homemade lime and elderflower cordial

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Useful information

Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church and the CCT before you visit?

You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walkround guides we have for this church.

 

 

 

PDF iconCheshire, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside County Guide (PDF, 4.5mb)

This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches CCT cares for in Cheshire, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside. Printed copies of the county guides are also available at the church.

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Comments

  1. Chris Hough (02 Apr 2011, 20:33)

    I visitedthis church today and found an absolute gem beautifully preserved and cared for The custodian was a rerally helpful and informative person

  2. Mandy Blackwell (29 Oct 2012, 15:26)

    a beautiful example of a well preserved Church. The acoustics are incredible and it is suitable for all types of events. A gem in the middle of our city

  3. Alison Bradley (15 Oct 2013, 13:57)

    The church is lovely but when I visited there seemed to be water damage on the ceiling, which I hope is rectifiable. I was interested in the presentation of the church as it seems to have changed over the years, the ceiling although plain and white still shows markings of earlier panelled ornamentation and so I imagine that there must be a world of history hidden in the building, through it's changes over the years - when I have the time I must look into this further. This church is one of the most important in Lancaster as it holds the tombs of Lancaster's Shipbuilders, Captains and dignitaries - although I'm very sad to see that some of the most significant graves are being left to ruin (splitting falling in on themselves - an immense loss). Lancaster's maritime trade is one of it's most relevant in mid-history alongside the Castle and the Priory, this building really must be preserved in order to support this heritage.

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Last year, we welcomed over two million visitors to our churches. If each person donated just £2, this would enable us to keep our churches open, safe and watertight for you and future generations to enjoy.

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Church of St John the Evangelist, Lancaster, Lancashire

Keyholder

If the access information for this church is listed as 'Keyholder nearby', this means that the key is kept by one of our invaluable volunteer 'keyholders', who usually live just a short walk from the church and can give visitors the key; sometimes this is a nearby hotel, pub, library, art gallery or other venue. You will find instructions explaining how to get the key when you arrive at the church.

Facilities

Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating or running water meaning that they can be cold, and very rarely have toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor. We do apologise for any inconvenience the lack of facilities may cause.