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Church of St John the Evangelist, Brighton

Description: Church of St John the Evangelist

Grade: II
Date Listed: 26 August 1999
English Heritage Building ID: 481080

OS Grid Reference: TQ3026906617
OS Grid Coordinates: 530269, 106617
Latitude/Longitude: 50.8444, -0.1510

Location: Knoyle Road, Brighton, Brighton and Hove BN1 6SE

Locality: Brighton
County: Brighton and Hove
Country: England
Postcode: BN1 6SE

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Listing Text


TQ3006 PRESTON ROAD, Preston
577-1/12/1044 (East side)
Church of St John the Evangelist


Anglican church. The nave of 1901-2 , the chancel of 1926.
Nave designed by Sir Arthur Blomfield and Sons, and built by
James Longley; chancel added in 1926. Rock-faced stone with
stone dressings, roof of tiles. Chancel, nave, north and south
aisles, north-east vestry.
EXTERIOR: east window of 3 lights with geometrical tracery and
3 louvred lancets above; 2 lancets to north of chancel, 4 to
south; north and south aisles have ten lancets in pairs
between shallow buttresses and a parapet swept up and
interrupted over the buttresses; clerestories likewise ten
lancets in pairs with hoodmoulds linked by string; the west
end has flat-arched entrances to north and south aisles under
a pointed-arched moulding, the tympanum and angles of the
moulding filled with panels of foliage embracing crowns, with
a Y-traceried window above; the nave extends in the form of
deep buttresses embracing a narthex; side entrances pierce the
buttresses in the form of flat arches under a pointed arch
with glazed tympanum; the baptistery is rectangular in plan,
with parapet; the west end has a 2-light window with a
cinquefoil above, and 2 outer lancets; stepped louvred lancets
to apex, fleche of wood and lead at meeting of nave and
chancel. North-east vestry with one pointed-arched and 2
flat-arched entrances,and one 3-light trefoiled window; organ
chamber above.
INTERIOR: east window flanked by a pointed-arched panel on
either side, sedilia to south with simplified mouldings;
vault-shafts to the side walls decorated with bosses of
foliage; 2-bay arcade to south, now closed, organ chamber to
north; elaborate carved reredos of stone with 3 panels, the
central panel higher and depicting the Ascension; choir stalls
probably of a date with the chancel; terrazzo work to chancel
floor; simple chancel screen; multi-moulded chancel arch set
just below roof. Nave of 5-and-a-quarter bays with
roll-moulded capitals and pointed arches having a chamfer and
inner order; moulded sill band to clerestory windows; 3-bay
arcade to narthex and baptistery, the font set back in a
top-lit space under a broad segmental arch. Nave and chancel
are virtually under one roof with a 5-sided vault with
panelled ribs and panelling. Polygonal pulpit decorated with
elaborate Gothic work including engaged colonnettes of green
marble, all on a base of clustered columns; font of white
marble in the form of an angel holding a shell, by J
Whitehead. Original wrought-iron brackets and pendant ford
electroliers to nave.
(Carder T: The Encyclopaedia of Brighton: Lewes: 1990-).

Listing NGR: TQ3026906617

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Source: English Heritage

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