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Church of St John

A Grade II* Listed Building in Lincoln, Lincolnshire

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Latitude: 53.2475 / 53°14'51"N

Longitude: -0.5314 / 0°31'53"W

OS Eastings: 498089

OS Northings: 373285

OS Grid: SK980732

Mapcode National: GBR SZQW.RK

Mapcode Global: WHGHZ.TM4Q

Entry Name: Church of St John

Listing Date: 19 January 1995

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1388800

English Heritage Legacy ID: 486261

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire, LN2

County: Lincolnshire

District: Lincoln

Town: Lincoln

Electoral Ward/Division: Minster

Built-Up Area: Lincoln

Traditional County: Lincolnshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lincolnshire

Church of England Parish: Lincoln St John the Baptist

Church of England Diocese: Lincoln

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Listing Text


1941-1/2/462 (East side)
19/01/95 Church of St John, Ermine


Church. 1962-63. Architect Sam Scorer of Denis Clarke Hall,
Scorer and Bright. Walls rendered to lower parts, glazed to
upper parts (including a wall of stained glass), beneath a
concrete hyperbolic paraboloid roof, covered externally in
aluminium sheets.
PLAN: hexagonal plan, designed on the principle that the whole
congregation should be gathered round the sanctuary and altar
area and have a clear view of everything that is done there.
EXTERIOR: the exterior is dominated by the saddle-like shape
of the hyperbolic paraboloid roof, which rises to east and
west and sweeps down to ground level points to north and south
(at each point there being a small pool). Western entrance via
porch with projecting canopy with segmental underside to front
INTERIOR: internally the roof is varnished boarding. The altar
is placed in a circular sanctuary area to the eastern side of
the hexagon, and is raised on 4 steps. The fixed pews of
light-coloured varnished wood are curved to describe a
part-circular formation on a floor which slopes gently
downwards towards the sanctuary. The font is placed in the
central aisle, in front of the altar. Font, altar and pulpit
are 'chunky' in form and are designed by the architect in
concrete. The sanctuary is surrounded by a painted metal rail
with a shelf, and the sanctuary and raised strip behind are
also partly enclosed by a simple painted metal rail; the
latter railings, to left and right of the sanctuary, have
affixed to them a pair of large metal candlesticks of abstract
design, by the sculptor Charles Edward Sansbury, who also
designed the 2 smaller candlesticks of twisted and welded
metal and matching Processional Cross. The upper part of the
east wall is fully glazed and comprises an abstract
stained-glass window by the artist Keith New.
The building is a major contribution to church architecture of
this period, combining innovative architectural thinking with
advanced liturgical planning, and a complete set of original
fittings, including artist-designed stained glass and
metalwork of high quality.

Listing NGR: SK9808973285

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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