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Parish Church of St John the Evangelist

A Grade II* Listed Building in Heath, Halton

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Latitude: 53.3191 / 53°19'8"N

Longitude: -2.7388 / 2°44'19"W

OS Eastings: 350881

OS Northings: 380490

OS Grid: SJ508804

Mapcode National: GBR 9Z91.VX

Mapcode Global: WH87Q.WTZX

Entry Name: Parish Church of St John the Evangelist

Listing Date: 5 April 1990

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1130422

English Heritage Legacy ID: 56069

Location: Halton, WA7

County: Halton

Electoral Ward/Division: Heath

Built-Up Area: Runcorn

Traditional County: Cheshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cheshire

Church of England Parish: Runcorn St John the Evangelist, Weston

Church of England Diocese: Chester

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Listing Text

The following building shall be added:

Heath Road South
5/112 Parish Church of St John
the Evangelist

Parish Church. 1896-7 by John Douglas. Sandstone ashlar; Welsh slate
roofs, stone slab to spire. W steeple, nave, S porch, narrow N aisle,
storeyed chancel built over vestries, N organ chamber.

Exterior: Steeple tower with 2 massive W buttresses with set-offs, shallow
buttresses to the S breaking through nave roof. 2-light W window under
hood-mould; stubby broach spire with gabled 2-light bellfry openings to
cardinal points, the sills brought down below level of spire eaves. Nave
wraps around tower; single lancet to W wall. Groups of flush lancet to S
wall, also to N aisle which is contained under catslide roof and stops
short of W end of nave. Porch approached by steps with retaining walls;
prominent gable coping and apex cross; 2-centred moulded arch under hood-
mould. Chancel: storeyed and much higher than nave with single tall
lancets to side walls (paired to sanctuary), and shouldered paired lancets
to vestry below. E window triple lancet under hood-mould; 2 lancets set low
to vestry. Organ chamber-simply treated with tall chimney stack at junction
with chancel. Interior. 4-bay nave; windows in deep reveals; 3 arches at W
end define baptistry, that to the centre taller than the others. Roof: side
purlin with braced collars to principals; wind braces. The N aisle con-
struction is original and striking: arcade posts and plate (the latter with
inscription), with straight braces, tie stub with straight brace from post
to principal; ashlar pieces. Raised chancel with 2-centred moulded arch;
arched-brace boarded roof. Fittings: choir stall robust, open fronted,
each bay with central turned baluster; polygonal stone pulpit with Cruci-
fixion panel; octagonal font, stone; organ (1898) by Alexander Fry; glass
by Percy Bacon Brothers.

A bold and original design; the church occupies a very exposed site. It
was financed in part by subscriptions raised world-wide by choirboys and
became known as the 'Choirboys' Church'. It is similar in design to
Douglas's church at Maentwrog (Merioneth) and was illustrated in the
Architect (64, 1900, p.248).

Listing NGR: SJ5088180490

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