St John the Baptist church, Lincoln :: Shared Description

Grade II*listed

The church dates from 1962 and was designed by the architect Sam Scorer, after plans for a parish church were initiated in 1959. The church cost £22,960.
It is located on the Ermine estate which was built from the 1950s onwards.

The church plan is based on a hexagram, and was designed that the congregation should be gathered round the altar during services.
The church consists of a saddle like roof (hyperbolic paraboloid) which sweeps down to ground level north and south. There is clear glazing to the west, and to the east there is stained-glass by Keith New. The window, which is completely abstract, is based on a series of hexagonal shapes which echo the shape of the church in plan. The theme of the window is "Revelation of God's plan for Man's redemption".
There is an entrance porch and toilets at the west end. There is also a vestry extension to the east.

Inside the ceiling is of varnished wood with plain walls and a small glazed strip above.
The pews form semicircles around the front of the sanctuary where the altar is on a slightly raised area. The floor slopes slightly down from the entrance to the font which is located in front of the altar. The font is constructed of reinforced concrete and is located in the exact centre of the building. The foundation stone lies at its base.

Originally a bell tower or small chapel was planned at the back of the church, however this was not built due to lack of funds. Most money for the church was raised through schemes such as a "Buy a Brick" project.

The building is a major contribution to church architecture of this period, combining innovative architectural thinking with advanced liturgical planning, and a complete set of original fittings, including artist-designed stained glass and metalwork of high quality.
by Julian P Guffogg
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SK9873 : St John the Baptist church, Ermine, Lincoln by J.Hannan-Briggs
SK9873 : St John the Baptist church, Ermine, Lincoln by J.Hannan-Briggs
SK9873 : Interior, St John the Baptist church, Lincoln by J.Hannan-Briggs
SK9873 : East window, St John the Baptist church, Lincoln by Julian P Guffogg
SK9873 : Interior, St John's church, Lincoln by Julian P Guffogg


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Created: Sat, 23 Jan 2016, Updated: Sat, 23 Jan 2016

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