St John The Evangelist Church, Bath

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St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church is located on the South Parade in the south-east section of Bath City Centre – the old Ham District where John Wood the Elder, the Georgian architect, had originally planned his gigantic "Forum".ArchitectureThe decorative Gothic-styled spire dominates the city's skyline, which has irked some people such as noted architectural critic Nikolaus Pevsner who accuses the church of being "a demonstrative proof of how intensely the Gothicists hated the Georgians of Bath." Christopher Martin takes a more measured view in his work on English Catholic churches, commenting "the stately interior is a good reflection of mid-Victorian taste", and remarking on the colourful polished marble, the exquisite screen, the blazing and triumphant white tabernacle, the delicate communion rails, a series of references to St John, and the chapels, each with something to admire.The structure was designed and built between 1861-3 by Charles Francis Hansom, who was the brother of J. A. Hansom, the creator of the Hansom cab, and had formerly done the village church at Hanley Swan. The brothers also prepared designs for Woodchester Mansion in Nympsfield, Gloucestershire, after A. W. N. Pugin had resigned from the project. For this reason, they are often quoted as being the second best Roman Catholic architects of their day, for their success in picking up commissions Pugin had passed over. Woodchester Mansion's north service wing was also designed by them in the same Gothic style.
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  • August 9, 2017
    Attented Mass last Sunday. What a vibrant engaging congregation and priest, who should consider stand up comedy  more »
  • August 5, 2017
    The Church is of 1800 and is located in the central area, near the main railway station and the old town. You officia Catholic rite and there is an active community and a sharer, as evidenced by the availability of so many volunteers to carry on perpetual Eucharistic adoration. The church opens at around 8 and admission is free. It is reported as end time the 17. The community gathers visitor prayer intentions on a book at the entrance of the nave.
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  • July 13, 2017
    If you are in Bath, England and Catholic (or not!), do try to visit St John the Evangelist Church. It's not the city's perhaps more famous cathedral (that's the Church of England), but it is as grand,...  more »
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  • Quite, off the beaten path. Well worth the 8 minute journey. Housing the presence of God.
  • Beautiful Church. While visiting Bath I lucked into attending Stations of the Cross here. It was reverent and a good reminder of what's important during Lent.
  • Ilove the Church nice and peaceful..I can feel that im talking to Jesus everytime I attend the Mass..
  • Very beautiful church.
  • Stunning stained glass

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