St John the Evangelist

Designed by Arthur Ashpital, work began in 1852 and the church was completed in 1853.

About this church

St John's is a local landmark and focal point in a prominent position: it stands on an island surrounded by roads and housing.

It is built of Kentish ragstone, a local material, and has a roof of Welsh slate. The architectural style is largely Perpendicular, which which was out of fashion by the 1850s, but there are also some Decorated elements. The architect Arthur Ashpitel, who worked extensively in Kent, was associated with Anglican evangelicalism; this may have led him to use the Perpendicular style, which was popular with that movement.

Inside, the fittings date mostly from the late 19th century and include a rood screen and reredos by HS Rogers. The firm of Heaton, Butler and Bayne designed many of the stained glass windows. Some windows in the north aisle were destroyed during World War II and were subsequently replaced.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Social heritage stories

Visitors information

  • Bus stop within 100m
  • Train station within 250m
  • Level access to the main areas
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Accessible toilets nearby
  • Café within 500m
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike

Other nearby churches

Our Lady of Grace

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Blackheath & Charlton Baptist Church

The church traces its origins back to 1863 when eight residents of Blackheath asked Charles Haddon Spurgeon of the Metropolitan Tebernacle for permission to start a separate fellowship in this area.

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