St John the Evangelist, Penge

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St John the Evangelist's Church
St John's Church, Penge (2017).jpg
51°25′00″N 0°03′18″W / 51.4167°N 0.0550°W / 51.4167; -0.0550Coordinates: 51°25′00″N 0°03′18″W / 51.4167°N 0.0550°W / 51.4167; -0.0550
Location2 St John's Road, Penge, London SE20 7EQ
CountryUnited Kingdom
DenominationChurch of England
Architect(s)Edwin Nash, J. N. Round
StyleVictorian architecture, Gothic Revival architecture
Years built1850-1866
ArchdeaconryBromley and Bexley
Minister(s)Nigel Poole
Listed Building – Grade II
Designated15 January 1990
Reference no.1186832

Saint John the Evangelist is the Church of England parish church of Penge, Kent (now the London Borough of Bromley), in the Diocese of Rochester, Greater London. It is located on Penge High Street, and was erected 1847 to designs of architects Edwin Nash & J. N. Round. Later in 1861, Nash alone added the gabled aisles, and in 1866 the transepts. The Pevsner Buildings of England series guides describe it as "Rock-faced ragstone. West tower and stone broach spire. Geometrical tracery, treated in Nash's quirky way. The best thing inside is the open timber roofs, those in the transepts especially evocative, eight beams from all four directions meeting in mid air.[1] It has been Grade II listed since 1990.[2]

The church is prevented from dominating the skyline of Penge by the distant tower farther south on Beckhenham Road of the Fortress Romanesque-looking Congregational church, built 1912 to designs by P. Morley Horder with passage aisles and clerestory, and shafts on large, excellently carved corbels.[1] The early funding of the church came from John Dudin Brown who was a Thames wharfinger.[3]


  1. ^ a b John Newman. West Kent and the Weald. The “Buildings of England” Series, First Edition, Sir Nikolaus Pevsner and Judy Nairn, eds. (London: Penguin, 1969), p.433.
  2. ^ "Church of St John the Evangelist (1186832)". English Heritage. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  3. ^ Janet Sondheimer, ‘Brown, Ann Dudin (1822–1917)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 11 March 2017