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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  • Chanced upon this church and needed a sit down and warm up from the cold outside, not disapointed. Beautiful altar and stained glass windows. Very peaceful.  more »
  • I stumbled upon this church by accident and I'm so glad I did. It's stunningly beautiful inside with some lovely stained glass windows.  more »
  • The church was indeed spectacular and well maintained. There was a lot of activity and guides to assist. The stained windows were a delight and extremely colourful.  more »
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  • A very pretty church that is very much part of Baths skyline, the interior is lovely and a an interesting place to look around while you enjoy some peace and quiet.
  • Beautiful interior.. 🌟
  • 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.
  • stunning architecture..
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