St John's Church, Torquay

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St Johns Church, Torquay
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St Johns Church, Torquay
St Johns Church, Torquay is located in Devon
St Johns Church, Torquay
St Johns Church, Torquay
Location within Devon
50°27′47″N 3°31′28″W / 50.46306°N 3.52444°W / 50.46306; -3.52444Coordinates: 50°27′47″N 3°31′28″W / 50.46306°N 3.52444°W / 50.46306; -3.52444
LocationTorquay
CountryEngland
DenominationChurch of England
History
DedicationSaint John the Evangelist
Architecture
Heritage designationGrade I listed[1]
Designated20 November 1952
Architect(s)George Edmund Street
Specifications
Length129 feet (39 m)
Width52 feet (16 m)
Nave width28 feet (8.5 m)
Height56 feet (17 m)
Administration
ParishTorquay
DeaneryTorbay[2]
ArchdeaconryTotnes
DioceseExeter
ProvinceCanterbury

St John the Evangelist’s Church, Torquay is a Grade I listed parish church in the Church of England Diocese of Exeter on Montpellier Terrace in Torquay, Devon.[3]

History[edit]

The church started life in 1823 as a chapel-of-ease to the parish church at Tormoham. The current building was designed by George Edmund Street and built between 1861 and 1873. The chancel was built first by Wall and Hook of Brunscomb, Gloucester at a cost of £4,000. It chancel was consecrated by the Lord Bishop of Jamaica, Rt. Revd. Aubrey Spencer acting for the diocesan bishop, on 8 November 1864.[4] It contained carving by Thomas Earp and mosaic work by Antonio Salviati.

The north aisle was completed next and opened in 1866. Construction on the nave and south aisle was begun in 1870 and it opened on 2 April 1871.

The west tower was completed in 1884-85 at a cost of £2,000 to the designs of Arthur Edmund Street and the contractor being Mr. Chubb of Torquay. Special services were held on Thursday 30 April 1885 to mark the completion of the tower.[5] A new bell was dedicated on 7 October 1885 which was cast in E flat by Warner and Son of London with a weight of nearly 19 cwt. [6]

The lady chapel was decorated between 1888 and 1890 by John Dando Sedding. The chapel was divided from the chancel and aisle by iron grills, and approached by a polished Torquay marble step was the ornate altar and reredos. New seating of oak was placed on oak platforms and the floor. The fronts and back were carved and traceried, and the ends of the seats had fleur de lis termination, and the sides had shields with sunken carved panels with scenes from The Passion. The work was carried out by Harry Hems of Longbrook Street, Exeter.[7]

Incumbents[edit]

  • John ???? 1823 - 1825
  • James Yonge 1825 - 1828
  • Algernon Grenfell 1828 - 1831
  • Charles Lane 1831 - 1837
  • William George Parks Smith 1837 - 1870
  • Charles Edward Ricketts Robinson 1870 - 1881
  • Harry William Hitchcock 1881 - 1886
  • Basil Reginald Airy 1886[8] - 1924 (formerly vicar of Whitwell, Yorkshire)
  • Robert James Edward Boggis 1924 - 1944
  • Sir (Arthur) Patrick Ferguson Davie, 5th Baronet 1945 - 1948
  • J.S. Sproule 1948 -
  • Anthony T. Rouse ca. 1957
  • W.H. Dormor ca. 1862

Organ[edit]

A temporary organ was acquired from Dicker of Exeter when the church opened, but when the nave was completed a new organ was built in 1872 by William Hill & Sons. The pipe organ has three manuals and pedals, with 47 speaking stops. A specification of the organ can be found in the National Pipe Organ Register.[9]

Organists[edit]

  • Mr Barnes 1832
  • Mr J. Gedye 1841 - 1846[10]
  • Mr Dewe 1847 - 1848
  • Mr J. Vinning 1848[11] - 1849
  • Charles Fowler 1849 - 1855
  • William F. Fry 1855 - 1857
  • Dr Thomas Lloyd Fowler 1858 - 1858
  • John Horth Deane 1858 - 1858
  • W. B. Wray 1858 - 1859
  • Thomas Brooks 1859 - 1864
  • John Abram 1864 - 1865
  • Robert W. Pringle 1865 - 1866
  • Mark Bradley 1866
  • Wilmina Augusta Parks Smith 1867 - 1870
  • Michael Gwyn Rice 1871 - 1873
  • Thomas Roylands Smith 1873 - 1876[12]
  • Charles Banson 1876 - 1879
  • Henry Ditton-Newman 1879 - 1884
  • Bertram Luard-Selby 1884 - 1887 (afterwards organist of St Barnabas’ Church, Pimlico)
  • Thomas Henry Webb 1887
  • Thomas William Noble 1887 - 1905
  • Oliver Oldham Brooksbank 1905 - 1912
  • Harold Rhodes 1912 - 1928 (afterwards organist of Coventry Cathedral)
  • Vernon Sydney Read 1928 - 1947 (formerly organist of St Mary's Church, Nottingham, afterwards organist of St Matthias’ Church, Torquay)
  • Francis Crute 1947 - 1953
  • Donald Frederick Hunt 1954 - 1957[13] (afterwards organist at Leeds Parish Church)
  • Frederick C. Fea 1957 - 1959 (formerly organist of Gainsborough Parish Church, afterwards organist of Sherborne Abbey)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Historic England. "Parish Church of St John the Evangelist  (Grade I) (1206814)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
  2. ^ "Torquay Saint John". A Church Near You. The Church of England. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
  3. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus (1952). The Buildings of England. South Devon. Penguin Books. p. 293.
  4. ^ "Consecration of the chancel of St John's Church". Exeter and Plymouth Gazette. England. 11 November 1864. Retrieved 30 September 2019 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  5. ^ "New Tower for St John's Church, Torquay". Western Times. England. 2 May 1885. Retrieved 30 September 2019 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  6. ^ "West of England Topics". Western Morning News. England. 8 October 1885. Retrieved 30 September 2019 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  7. ^ "St John's Church, Torquay". Torquay Times and South Devon Advertiser. England. 28 March 1890. Retrieved 30 September 2019 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  8. ^ "Preferments and Appointments". Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazettel. England. 11 March 1886. Retrieved 30 September 2019 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  9. ^ "NPOR N10598". National Pipe Organ Register. British Institute of Organ Studies. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
  10. ^ "Mr. Gedye's resignation". Torquay Directory and South Devon Journal. England. 20 November 1846. Retrieved 30 September 2019 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  11. ^ "Torquay - St John's Church". Western Times. England. 30 December 1848. Retrieved 30 September 2019 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  12. ^ "The Week". East and South Devon Advertiser. England. 5 February 1876. Retrieved 30 September 2019 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  13. ^ "Torquay organist going to Leeds". Torbay Express and South Devon Echo. England. 14 January 1957. Retrieved 30 September 2019 – via British Newspaper Archive.