Chesterton - St John the Evangelist

Loomer Road, Chesterton, Staffordshire, ST5

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A small and functional polygonal building of 1980 with exposed laminated trusses. 

Mass was first said here from Newcastle in a converted terraced house. The parish was established in 1947. In due course the Rev. Tim Cronin acquired a plot of land in Loomer Road and built a presbytery and adjoined church hall in 1955-6 under Stafford architects Sandy & Norris (figure 1). This now serves as the parish hall. In 1980 the present church was completed (Scarisbrick). The architect-designer of the church has not been established, but it bears the characteristics of Messrs Lanner of Wakefield.

 

2.2. The building and its principal fittings and furnishings

 

The church is faced with red brick and consists of an octagonal body under a concrete-tiled roof with a flat-roofed entrance porch/narthex with a WC and confessional. Above the main space is a pyramidal spike (perhaps of fibreglass). The windows are tall and rectangular and have been replaced in UPVC. Inside, the framing of the building is exposed with laminated timber trusses which crank upwards to the apex of the ceiling. The walls are mostly of buff brick but the area behind the sanctuary (which faces the entrance) is wood panelled. There are no fittings or furnishings requiring particular mention.

Diocese: Birmingham

Architect: Lanner of Wakefield (unconfirmed)

Original Date: 1980

Conservation Area: No

Listed Grade: Not listed