St John the Evangelist
A church of St John the Evangelist, Taunton was built to serve Tangier, a poor district on the west side of the town. Costing £12,000 the church was consecrated in 1863, having been built by the renowned architect Sir George Gilbert Scott (1811 - 1878) who began practice in the late 1830s and became the most successful architect of his day. Sir Gilbert Scott's other buildings include the Natural History Museum, Albert Memorial, Houses of Parliament, and Keble College, Oxford. St John’s is an extraordinary imposing example of his work from the peak of his career, and is listed Grade I.
The project involves the installation of an internal porch at the west end of the church, housing a disabled toilet and flower arranging facilities to one side of the main entrance and a servery on the other side. The improvements will help to remove the building from Historic England’s Heritage At Risk Register, on which it is currently listed at Category C (slow decay).
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- Stay focused, there may be unforeseen problems
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