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Parish Church of St John the Evangelist

A Grade I Listed Building in Little Gidding, Cambridgeshire

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Latitude: 52.4211 / 52°25'15"N

Longitude: -0.3441 / 0°20'38"W

OS Eastings: 512704

OS Northings: 281631

OS Grid: TL127816

Mapcode National: GBR H05.3V9

Mapcode Global: VHFNY.ZDGV

Entry Name: Parish Church of St John the Evangelist

Listing Date: 28 January 1958

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1130115

English Heritage Legacy ID: 54793

Location: Little Gidding, Huntingdonshire, Cambridgeshire, PE28

County: Cambridgeshire

District: Huntingdonshire

Civil Parish: Little Gidding

Traditional County: Huntingdonshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cambridgeshire

Church of England Parish: Great Gidding St Michael

Church of England Diocese: Ely

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Listing Text

TL 18 SW LITTLE GIDDING LITTLE GIDDING

3/74 Parish Church of
28.1.58 St John Evangelist

I

Parish church. Former medieval church restored and altered by Nicholas Ferrar
c.1625, rebuilt in 1714. Restored and altered in 1853; late C19 south
vestry. Walls of red brick with dressings of Ketton stone. Roofs of
Collyweston stone slates. West elevation: Moulded plinth and cornice with
giant angle pilasters rising above cornice and surmounted by small obelisks
with '17' and '14' carved on pedestals. Plain copings to parapet rising to a
bell cote with rusticated pilasters and surmounted by a large obelisk tapering
to a flat pierced pyramidal head with a ball finial. Doorway with recessed
moulded architrave and keystone rising through frieze panel with painted
inscription 'This is none other but the House of God and the gate of heaven',
moulded cornice above supported by shaped console brackets; boarded oak door
and rectangular fanlight with twisted mullions. (North and south walls to
nave each with two transomed windows with square-headed arches, plain
architraves with keyblocks and moulded sills). Interior: Reredos rearranged
in 1853 with one large and two small wooden tablets with cornice and segmental
pediments; brass tablets inscribed with Commandments, the Creed and the
Lord's Prayer c.1625. Panelling c.1714, in chancel of oak with wooden benches
in front supporting a small Doric arcade with moulded cornice, and in nave to
full height, raised above C19 collegiate seating. Black and white stone
chequered pavement c.1714. Communion table with three original balusters;
font c.1625, small brass basin on a balustered stem with brass cover in form
of a crown with crosses, fleur-de-lis and trefoils; brass lectern C15 with
eagle desk, moulded stem and base, (the font and lectern were given by
Mrs Ferrar). Hour glass cdl.625, wrought iron bracket with stand forming a
crown; chandelier inscribed to the memory of Rev. Sam. Ed. Hopkinson, d.1841;
candle sconces of slender balusters c.1920 by W.A.Lee. Stained glass c.1853.
Stuart arms embroidered on fabric by members of the Ferrar family, on west
wall. Monuments and floor slabs see RCHM. Nicholas Ferrar (b.1598-d.1637)
and his family founded a community in c.1626 at Little Gidding they were
visited by Charles I on three occasions. The church was severely damaged by
Cromwellian soldiers in 1646 and was almost entirely rebuilt in 1714 when the
north transept and west tower were demolished.

RCHM Huntingdonshire p101
VCH Huntingdonshire p53
Pevsner Buildings of England p284


Listing NGR: TL1270481631

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