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St John

St John's is a very fine example of Victorian architecture, originally opened in 1879 and, following a fire, reopened in 1897 with one of the tallest spires in northern England.

Ranmoor, Yorkshire

Opening times

Currently, the church is locked unless a service is being prepared or is taking place.
However, the church can be opened for visitors between 9.30am and 2.30pm by prior arrangement.


Ranmoor Park Road
S10 3GX

St John’s is in the early English Gothic style. Eight years after being built the church was destroyed by fire. Only the tower, the tallest in Sheffield at almost 200 feet, survived. The spire and tower were incorporated into the new church, also by Gibbs (of Flockton & Gibbs), consecrated in 1888.

Described by Pevsner as 'opulent outside and inside'. At the west end the intimate space of the little baptistery, with octagonal rib vault, opens off the narthex. From this a triple arched opening gives access to the impressively spacious nave of five bays, heightened by the introduction of a triforium, a most unusual feature in a parish church of this date and unique in Sheffield. There are two pairs of arches to each bay and continues across the west end below the big rose window in the gable. Plain round piers to the arcade and slender shafts to the upper stages, the exquisitely and densely carved capitals and corbels by Frank Tory. His decorative sculpture throughout the church is one of his finest achievements, matching the depth and finish of the medieval work that inspired it and displaying artistry and craftsmanship in every leaf, flower and figure. Wooden roof with moulded rafters and purlins, the arched braces have traceried spandrels. Stone and marble reredos by Frank Tory, 1888. The Last Supper carved in alabaster, flanked by St Peter and St Paul, under a canopy with crocketed gables and coloured marbles shafts. Octagonal arcades on each side with figures of the Evangelists under nodding canopies at the corners. Superb brass lectern, 1892, with lions and angels. A fine collection of Victorian and Edwardian stained glass in rich reds, blues and gold. Mostly animated groups of figures in New Testament scenes, with architectural surrounds.

Michael Palin has listed St John's as one of his 'top seven' favourite churches in a speech given to the National Churches Trust, he describes fond memories of his Father being both a chorister and bellringer there.

St John’s Church is a community whose vocation is to extend to all people the same welcome that we ourselves have received from God in Christ. Our worship, enriched by our strong musical and choral traditions, is at the heart of our community’s shared life. The gospel calls us to lives of discipleship marked by care for one another, by a passion for justice, and by a commitment to the service of our local and wider community. As a Church we see ourselves as within the central Anglican tradition, tending towards more liberal churchmanship but with a formal style of worship. A considerable proportion of our congregation come from outside the parish boundaries we do have something distinctive to offer which many people value.

  • Captivating architecture

  • Famous connections

  • National heritage here

  • Social heritage stories

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Wildlife haven

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • Bus stop within 100m

  • On street parking at church

  • Ramp or level access available on request

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • St John’s has a busy congregational life and there are many groups and activities for people of all ages to become involved in. · Pastoral Care · Wednesday Lunch Club · Children's Groups · Youth Groups · Social Justice · Choirs · Bible Study · Choirs

  • Main sunday service 10.30am Parish Communion and 6.30pm Choral Evensong. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 5.45pm Choral Evensong. 9am Most days morning prayer.

  • Church of England

  • Gateway Grant, £6,000, 2020

  • Our Gateway Grants fund churches developing building projects and also urgent maintenance and repair projects to help keep churches open.

Contact information

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