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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.
1851 Census Details
Seating Capacity: Not built
Morning Attendance: Not built
Afternoon Attendance: Not built
Evening Attendance: Not built
Original Build Date/Architect: E W Stephens 1860
Second Restoration: -
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