The History of St Johnís Church

Rebuilding the Church

From “A History of the Parish Church of St John the Evangelist Redhill” by Rosalie Thomas, 1994

John Loughborough Pearson, a most eminent architect and the founder of modem Gothic architecture in England, was appointed to restore the church in 1889. He had been charged with the care of many of our ancient cathedrals and had designed Truro Cathedral in 1879 (with which there are many similarities). This appointment was then said to have coupled him with Sir Christopher Wren as the only architects of English cathedrals consecrated since the Middle Ages. Pearson did more than restore St Johnís - he transformed it. The chancel was completely rebuilt, the nave was radically altered and the roof was raised. An entire new west front was built, followed in 1895 by the tower, complete with its most distinctive feature, the spire (185 feet high).

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