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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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  • There are many churches in this style in the city, but it has a unique architecture, respecting the same such which as in the old times, we see that they retain it much and city every detail.
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  • ... inside does not look as one would like to see it. Gloomy and in a State could be improved. For lovers of the lugubrious and for scholars.
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  • We stayed opposite this church and enjoyed the views every day, its a real shame, reading from the history and that gardens were taken away and an ugly car park created instead. But inside is very imp...  more »
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  • 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
  • Dynamical and interesting homily