English Churches - Lincolnshire

St Johnís Church, Scunthorpe


A splendid Victorian Gothic church which is now a visual arts centre


St Johnís Church at the bottom of High Street and near the steel works, was built by Rowland Winn, Lord St Oswald, as the parish church for Frodingham, one of the five small villages that originally made up Scunthorpe. It replaced a temporary building. The steel works were growing rapidly at the time and a splendid new church was built to reflect this prosperity.

St John's Church, Scunthorpe

It is a marvellous example of Victorian Gothic architecture, and a striking building of dark coloured Frodingham ironstone contrasting with the gleaming white Ancaster limestone on the edges of the buttresses, parapets and crocketted pinnacles. 

St John's Church, Scunthorpe

The tall, heavily buttressed west tower with its tall pinnacles dominates the church. Round the top is a decorative parapet. The heavily carved west door has shields at the top corners and more carving round the sides.

St John's Church, Scunthorpe

The clerestoried nave and side aisles are parapeted and have carved and crocketted pinnacles decorated with carvings of men and beasts.

St John's Church, Scunthorpe

The north porch is a very elaborate structure with Ancaster Limestone buttresses, pinnacles and more carving.

St John's Church, Scunthorpe

The church was completed in 1891 and could seat over 500 worshippers. It was declared redundant in 1984, after congregations had dwindled and was derelict until 2000 when it was restored and turned into a Visual Arts Centre, 20-21. All the contents were removed and replaced by fixed display panels.

The octagonal pillars with carved capitals support pointed arches which separated the nave from the side aisles. Above is a lovely hammer beam ceiling with carved angels.
 
St John's Church, Scunthorpe

The inside of the north porch still has the carved head of a king and a queen at the base of the arch.

The church is open every day except Sunday and Monday. There is some parking by it. The church has changing and varied exhibitions by regional and national artists and crafts people. There is a small shop selling local handicrafts and a cafe. The post code is DN17 6TB. The grid reference is SE 900115.

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