St John the Baptist

Consecrated in 1963, the parish church is a major contribution to ecclesiastical architecture of the second half of the 20th century, this avant garde building is the central feature of the Ermine Estate in the city of Lincoln.

About this church

Its importance lies in combining innovative minimalist architectural thinking with advanced liturgical planning.

The structure was designed by an architect largely invisible in architectural history, Sam Scorer, and a structural engineer, Hajnal Konyi.

It consists of an impressive hyperbolic paraboloid roof made in reinforced concrete. Its form was fashionable and functional (romantically rational). It gave an impression of contradicting laws of gravity. It summarizes the post war excitement with engineering. 

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Social heritage stories
  • National heritage here

Visitors information

  • Bus stop within 100m
  • Level access throughout
  • On street parking at church
  • Accessible toilets in church
  • Café within 500m
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike
  • Church shop or souvenirs

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