A 13th century collegiate church with Saxon remains, of particular interest is a Saxon cross reconstructed using both original late 8th century and modern replacement sections of stonework.
St John's is a Victorian church owing much to its railway heritage. The bells provided by GNER are in their colours. Timothy Hackworth (pioneer and engineer) is buried by the main entrance in a large tomb and a statue stands close by. Within the church the stained glass pictures the working class environment and one fine art deco window is situated in the lady chapel. There are a number of pieces of contemporary art produced by the congregation and on permanent display.