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St John the Evangelist

Designed by Arthur Ashpital, work began in 1852 and the church was completed in 1853.

Blackheath, Greater London

Opening times

The church is open during the week from 9.30am to 4pm.


Stratheden Road
Greater London

St John's is a local landmark and focal point in a prominent position: it stands on an island surrounded by roads and housing.

It is built of Kentish ragstone, a local material, and has a roof of Welsh slate. The architectural style is largely Perpendicular, which which was out of fashion by the 1850s, but there are also some Decorated elements. The architect Arthur Ashpitel, who worked extensively in Kent, was associated with Anglican evangelicalism; this may have led him to use the Perpendicular style, which was popular with that movement.

Inside, the fittings date mostly from the late 19th century and include a rood screen and reredos by HS Rogers. The firm of Heaton, Butler and Bayne designed many of the stained glass windows. Some windows in the north aisle were destroyed during World War II and were subsequently replaced.

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Social heritage stories

  • Captivating architecture

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Train station within 250m

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Parking within 250m

  • On street parking at church

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Dog friendly

  • Café within 500m

  • Bus stop within 100m

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • Church of England

Contact information

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