St John's Church, Higham   Church

Image Source: John Vigar

 

A prominent church designed to replace the medieval St Mary’s down on the edge of the marshes. A rather wide church for its length, St John’s is nevertheless welcoming and immaculately cared-for. The octagonal piers with their oversized capitals are redeemed by the fancy clerestory windows above. The tracery throughout is of the Decorate style – some of it certainly not based on medieval precedent! There are five 20th century stained glass windows. The west is the oldest, and more traditional, having been designed by Ward and Hughes in 1907. The others, in order of insertion are: The east window (1954) by Moira Forsyth depicting the Annunciation; the same artist did Noli me tangere in 1957 and Jesus saving Peter from the waves in 1958 and FWCole did the BVM in 1973. All in all a rather surprising collection and one which fits into this lovely church remarkably well. The church is open daily, as is the medieval church 1.5 miles north.

 

 

Church Data

 

1851 Census Details

 

Seating Capacity: Not built

Morning Attendance: Not built

Afternoon Attendance: Not built

Evening Attendance: Not built

 

Architecture Details

 

Original Build Date/Architect: E W Stephens 1860

Restoration: -

Second Restoration: -

 

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