St John the Divine's Church, Morecambe

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St John the Divine's Church, Morecambe
St John the Divine's Church, Morecambe is located in Morecambe
St John the Divine's Church, Morecambe
St John the Divine's Church, Morecambe
Location in Morecambe
Coordinates: 54°03′29″N 2°53′15″W / 54.0580°N 2.8876°W / 54.0580; -2.8876
OS grid reference SD 420 628
Location Draycombe Drive, Sandylands, Morecambe, Lancashire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website St John the Divine, Morecambe
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 20 January 1993
Architect(s) Austin and Paley
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 1898
Completed 1901
Materials Sandstone
Parish St John Sandylands
Deanery Lancaster and Morecambe
Archdeaconry Lancaster
Diocese Blackburn
Province York
Vicar(s) Revd Linda Mcluskie
Reader(s) Anne Woodhead
Churchwarden(s) Michael Knight
Catherine Park
Parish administrator Mrs M Parker

St John the Divine's Church is in Draycombe Drive, Sandylands, Morecambe, Lancashire, England. It is an active Anglican parish church in the deanery of Lancaster and Morecambe, the archdeaconry of Lancaster, and the diocese of Blackburn.[1] The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building.[2]


The church was built between 1898 and 1901 to a design by the Lancaster architects Austin and Paley.[3] It cost about £7,000 (equivalent to £700,000 in 2016),[4] and provided seating for 600 people.[5]



St John's is constructed in sandstone rubble with ashlar dressings. The roofs are also in sandstone, other than the tower and the porch that are roofed in aluminium. Its plan consists of a nave with a clerestory, north and south aisles, a south porch, a tower at the crossing with a north vestry and a south transept, and a chancel. The nave is in five bays with an extra shorter bay at the west end.[2] The windows contain Perpendicular tracery, other than the chancel, which has a pair of windows with Decorated tracery.[2][3] The west window has four lights, and is flanked by buttresses. Each of the clerestory windows has four lights under segmental heads; the aisle windows have two or three lights under flat heads. Above the doorway of the porch is a niche in a gable surmounted by a cross finial. In the transept is a two-light south window with panels above and below containing blind tracery. The chancel has two two-light south windows. The tower and the associated stair turret were not finished; the turret contains a bellcote.[2]


The arcades are in five bays and are carried on octagonal piers. Between the nave and the crossing is a low alabaster wall that incorporates the pulpit. The chancel roof is carried on corbels carved with gilded angels.[2][3] The font has a cover carved in the shape of a building with a spire. The windows contain stained glass dating between 1920 and 1994.[3] The two-manual organ was built in about 1901 by Albert Keates, and was rebuilt in about 1930 by Rushworth and Dreaper.[6]

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  1. ^ St John the Divine, Sandylands, Church of England, retrieved 13 March 2012 
  2. ^ a b c d e Historic England, "Church of St John the Divine, Lancaster (1208908)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 26 January 2012 
  3. ^ a b c d Hartwell, Clare; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2009) [1969], Lancashire: North, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, pp. 457–458, ISBN 978-0-300-12667-9 
  4. ^ UK Retail Price Index inflation figures are based on data from Clark, Gregory (2017). "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)". MeasuringWorth. Retrieved 6 November 2017. 
  5. ^ Brandwood, Geoff; Austin, Tim; Hughes, John; Price, James (2012), The Architecture of Sharpe, Paley and Austin, Swindon: English Heritage, pp. 161, 243, ISBN 978-1-84802-049-8 
  6. ^ Lancashire, Morecambe, St. John, St. John's Rd, Sandylands (S00053), British Institute of Organ Studies, retrieved 26 January 2012