Description: Church of St. John
Date Listed: 2 May 1968
English Heritage Building ID: 181946
OS Grid Reference: SD4632175401
OS Grid Coordinates: 346321, 475401
Latitude/Longitude: 54.1716, -2.8238
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SD 47 NE SILVERDALE EMESGATE LANE
1/181 Church of St. John
2. 5. 1968
Church, 1885-6, by Ball and Elce. Squared limestone with sandstone
dressings, sandstone interior and red tile roof. Comprises a west tower,
nave with clearstorey, aisles, north porch, transepts and lower chancel.
3-stage tower has angle buttresses, a battlemented parapet with corner
gargoyles and a deeply moulded west door. Above the door is a 3-light
window with reticulated tracery. Each face has 2 2-light bell openings
with traceried heads. The east window has reticulated tracery.
Interior - Nave has 4 bays with compound piers and arcades with pointed
arches of 2 chamfered orders. Chancel arch and wide tower arch have.
compound responds. The interior is unusual for the high quality of stone
carving, including a statue of St. John in a niche in the tower wall,
roof corbels carved as angels, and historiated capitals to the piers.
These latter form a complete series of illustrations to the Book of
Revelation, e.g. four angels holding the four winds of the earth; seven
angels with seven trumpets; four and twenty elders with crowns of gold;
the four horsemen of the apocalypse. The chancel has triple sedilia with
cusped heads. The nave roof has arch-braced collars, with a barrel roof
to the chancel. Late C19th glass in the clearstorey and east window.
Font dated 1886, decorated with foliage, tracery and shafts.
Listing NGR: SD4632175401
Source: English Heritage
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