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Church of St John, Shildon

Description: Church of St John

Grade: II
Date Listed: 24 February 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 112189

OS Grid Reference: NZ2288726440
OS Grid Coordinates: 422887, 526440
Latitude/Longitude: 54.6326, -1.6470

Location: Central Parade, Shildon, Durham DL4 1AJ

Locality: Shildon
County: Durham
Country: England
Postcode: DL4 1AJ

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Listing Text

(East side, off)

4/73 Church of St. John


Parish church. 1833-4 nave by Anthony Salvin; largely rebuilt and extended
in 1881-2 by C. Hodgson Fowler who also rebuilt the tower 1891-1900. Dressed
sandstone. Welsh slate roofs and green slate tower roof. Disengaged west tower;
continuous aisled nave and chancel; north and south porches at west end Early
English style with lancets under hoodmoulds.

3-stage west tower, defined by chamfered bands, has set-back buttresses. First
stage has roll-moulded, pointed-arched doorway, on paired colonnettes, with 3
lancets above; north return has A.D. 1900 datestone. Second stage has circular
clock faces and paired lancets to north return. Belfry has 3 louvred lancets,
corbelled parapet and pyramidal roof. Flat, 2-stage stair turret to south return.

4-bay nave and 2-bay chancel. Buttressed aisles have paired lancets, sill string
and continuous hoodmould. North aisle has blank east bay with pointed-arched
vestry doorway to west. 2 eastern bays of south aisle contain organ chamber and
Lady chapel. Roofs have coped gables. Single lancets of 1833 nave flank west
tower. Low single-bay porches with monopitch roofs (in re-entrant angles between
nave and aisles) have doorways with shouldered lintels under pointed arches.
Triple-gabled east end. Projecting chancel has 3 stepped lancets. Sexfoil window
in south aisle return. 2-light plate-tracery window to north aisle return.

Plain and plastered interior. Spacious nave and aisles. 4-bay north arcade has
chamfered, pointed arches dying into octagonal piers. Similar 6-bay south arcade.
Ceiled nave roof with braced tie beams. Aisle roofs have arch-braced tie-beams
and collars. Raised sanctuary under depressed pointed arch. Semi-octagonal stone

Has townscape value. Buildings attached to east end not of special interest.

Listing NGR: NZ2288726440

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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