St John’s Church Heritage Open Day


Saturday 19th September 10am to 2pm

St John’s church has an austere exterior, but this conceals a hidden gem. Inside it is unchanged since it was designed by Sir Ninian Comper in 1930. It includes a magnificent gilded baldacchino alongside other beautiful original features.

In addition to a tour of this fascinating and beautiful building, the open day includes a display giving a brief potted history of the church’s development, starting from its conception as a Waterloo Church, built using funds made available as part of the nation’s celebration of victory in the Napoleonic wars. During the almost two hundred years of the church’s history the interior has been altered on several occasions. The 1930 design by Sir Ninian Comper has survived all the changes in the world since 1930, however, and is as beautiful now as when it was conceived.

Once you have enjoyed the beauty of the church, you can sit outside in the shelter of the portico and enjoy a free cup of tea or coffee served (in a suitably socially distanced way) with home-made biscuits.

If you are unable to come out to visit the church at the moment, there will be a video presentation of the potted history of the church on this website from Saturday 19th September.

Further details can be found at the Heritage Open Days website