St John the Evangelist's Church, Yealand Conyers

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St John the Evangelist's Church, Yealand Conyers
St John's Church, Yealand Conyers.jpg
St John's Church from the south
St John the Evangelist's Church, Yealand Conyers is located in the City of Lancaster district
St John the Evangelist's Church, Yealand Conyers
St John the Evangelist's Church, Yealand Conyers
Location in the City of Lancaster district
Coordinates: 54°10′00″N 2°45′23″W / 54.1668°N 2.7565°W / 54.1668; -2.7565
OS grid reference SD 507 748
Location Church Lane, Yealand Conyers, Lancashire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website St John, Yealand
History
Status Parish church
Founded 1838
Architecture
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 2 May 1968
Architect(s) George Webster (attrib.)
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 1838
Completed 1882
Specifications
Materials Limestone and sandstone,
slate roof
Administration
Parish St. John Yealand Conyers
Deanery Tunstall
Archdeaconry Lancaster
Diocese Blackburn
Province York
Clergy
Vicar(s) Revd Damian Michael Porter
Laity
Churchwarden(s) Sally-Ann Rothwell,
Ron Ogden

St John the Evangelist's Church is in Church Lane, Yealand Conyers, Lancashire, England. It is an active Anglican parish church in the diocese of Blackburn. The church was built in 1838, extended in 1861 and again in 1882. It is constructed mainly in limestone, and consists of a nave, a north aisle, a chancel and a west tower. Inside is a west gallery and stained glass by Shrigley and Hunt. The church holds services on Sundays and Wednesdays. It is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building.

History[edit]

The church was built in 1838, and its design has been attributed to George Webster. The north aisle was added in 1861, and the chancel in 1882.[1] It was originally a chapel of ease in the parish of St Oswald, Warton, and became a parish in its own right on 25 September 1870.[2]

Architecture[edit]

Exterior[edit]

St John's is constructed in limestone rubble with limestone dressings in the main part of the church, and sandstone dressings in the chancel. The tower is pebbledashed and the roof is slated. The plan consists of a five-bay nave, a north aisle, a chancel, and a west tower. In the tower is a west doorway with a pointed head and a hood mould. This is flanked by buttresses, lancet windows with hood moulds, and more buttresses on the corners of the tower. Above the doorway is a window with a pointed head containing Y-tracery, and at the top of the tower is a projecting battlemented parapet. Along the aisle and the south wall of the nave are lancet windows, and the chancel windows are cusped. At the east end are three buttresses, a three-light window containing intersecting tracery, and trefoils.[3]

Interior[edit]

Inside the church the arcade has octagonal piers, and there is a west gallery. On the south side of the church is stained glass by Carl Almquist of Shrigley and Hunt dated 1889 depicting the Good Shepherd, and there are two memorial tablets by George Webster.[1] The pipe organ was made by the Jardine Organ Company.[4]

Appraisal[edit]

St John's Church was designated as a Grade II listed building on 2 May 1968.[3] Grade II is the lowest of the three grades of listing and is applied to buildings "of special interest, warranting every effort to preserve them".[5] In the Buildings of England series, the architectural historians Hartwell and Pevsner describe the church as being "low and homely" but comment that the battlements are "clumsy", and the hood moulds are "lumpy".[1]

Present day[edit]

The church is an active parish church in the deanery of Tunstall, the archdeaconry of Lancaster, and the diocese of Blackburn. Its benefice is united with those of St Oswald, Warton, and St Mary, Borwick.[6] Services are held on Sundays and Wednesdays.[7]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hartwell, Clare; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2009) [1969], Lancashire: North, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, p. 716, ISBN 978-0-300-12667-9
  2. ^ The Parish Chapelry of St John, Yealand Conyers, Lancashire OnLine Parish Clerks, retrieved 25 June 2015
  3. ^ a b Historic England, "Church of St John, Yealand Conyers (1071835)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 25 June 2015
  4. ^ Lancashire Yealand Conyers, St. John the Evangelist, British Institute of Organ Studies, retrieved 25 June 2015
  5. ^ Definition Grade II, Historic England, retrieved 25 June 2015
  6. ^ St John the Evangelist, Yealand Conyers, Church of England, retrieved 25 June 2015
  7. ^ St John's Church Yealand, The United Benefice of Warton, retrieved 26 June 2015