Sundon Park Road, Sundon Park, Luton, Bedfordshire
A utilitarian structure built for agricultural purposes and converted to a church in the 1960s.
St John’s is a converted agricultural building, formerly used to store wheat when the surrounding area consisted of arable fields. The church was blessed on 1 October 1966. The presbytery, a bungalow to the southeast of the church, was built in the early 1970s.
The church is a large, rectangular structure with a shallow pitched roof. It is lit by long clerestory windows at the sides. Below these windows are single-storey wings with shallow-pitched roofs. The entrance gable end has a large central glass window, with a depiction of St John in mosaic above and a tall metal cross on the ridge. To the rear of the building is a large parish hall.
There is a gallery over the entrance area at the west end. The nave is a large space with a gull wing roof clad in ceiling tiles, clerestory windows and plastered, painted walls. Narrow side aisles are separated from the nave by basic, painted upright supports. The aisle walls are brick, with Stations of the Cross. The nave is carpeted, and has plain timber benches. The sanctuary is raised on four steps, with a large, block-like timber altar. The east wall is painted green, with hanging crucifix.
Architect: Not established
Original Date: 1966
Conservation Area: No
Listed Grade: Not Listed