View of the church from the south-east

Mansfield

St John the Evangelist

Newark Archdeaconry

Mansfield Deanery

Introduction

St John’s Church was designed by H I Stevens and erected in 1854-56, built of Mansfield stone. The funding came from H Gally Knight.

It consists of chancel, nave with clerestory and arcades of five bays, aisles, south porch and an embattled west tower of four stages, stair turret and spire, plus one bell by C & G Mears.

There are seven stained glass windows. The east window (1870) depicts scenes from the life of Our Lord, the west window (1905) is good, and the east window in the south aisle (1857) is possibly by Holland of Warwick. In 1963 the Mellors Memorial windows by Pope & Parr were installed.

The pulpit of carved oak was erected in 1888, the oak lectern in 1909. The Holy Table, dedicated in 1921, is a First World War memorial. In 1926 the Lilley Memorial Chapel was dedicated.

Pevsner thought the detail good and the church ‘first rate’.

Particular thanks to Sarah Hughes for research on this entry

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