Lexden - St John the Baptist

Iceni Way, Shrub End, Colchester, Essex CO2

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A simple brick structure of the early 1960s, one of several chapels-of- ease built to serve the post-war suburban expansion of Colchester.

This was one of several chapels-of-ease to St James the Less built to serve the post- war suburban expansion of Colchester. The church was built from designs by George Fordham of O’Neill & Fordham (Chelmsford), and the builders were Messrs Everett of Colchester. The site was acquired at a cost of £200, and the church, seating 180, built at a cost of £7500. It opened on 11 March 1961.

This is a long, church hall like structure, built of yellow stock brick laid in stretcher bond, with gable ends, overhanging eaves with concealed concrete gutters, and a pantile roof. There is a round arched entrance at the centre of the main frontage with a small arched window opening in the gable above. The remaining openings are flat- headed, with metal windows. At the east end, the sanctuary is lit by two tall narrow lancet windows.

Diocese: Brentwood

Architect: O’Neill & Fordham

Original Date: 1961

Conservation Area: No

Listed Grade: Not listed