St John the Evangelist

A powerful, ambitious building, above and beyond the scale you would usually imagine for an Edwardian suburb.

About this church

Designed by Adrian Oldrid Scott in 1903-9. 

The construction is red brick, enlivened by flint facing in the upper walls. The architectural motifs used are predominantly English Decorated Gothic of the mid 14th century. The east window, which has an ingenious curvilinear design.

The interior is standard Butterfieldian brickwork, but with interesting use of carved stone. Alternating stone and brick sections lead the eye up and down the arches of the arcades, and ogee arches in the spandrels spring a brick supporting shaft up to the roof. The clerestory appears to return onto the west face of the central tower, where seven shallow niches step up around the chancel arch. 

Key Features

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

Visitors information

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

Other nearby churches


St Peter

St Peter's was completed in 1879 to a design by GE Street as the founding mother church of Bournemouth.

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