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St John the Evangelist’s Church, Darlington
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St John the Evangelist’s Church, Darlington
54°31′22″N 1°32′35″W / 54.52278°N 1.54306°W / 54.52278; -1.54306Coordinates: 54°31′22″N 1°32′35″W / 54.52278°N 1.54306°W / 54.52278; -1.54306
Location Darlington
Country England
Denomination Church of England
History
Dedication Saint John the Evangelist
Consecrated 16 July 1853
Architecture
Heritage designation Grade II listed
Architect(s) John Middleton
Groundbreaking 10 September 1847
Completed 3 January 1850
Specifications
Length 106 feet (32 m)
Width 50 feet (15 m)
Height 60 feet (18 m)
Spire height 90 feet (27 m)
Administration
Parish Saint John Darlington
Deanery Darlington
Archdeaconry Auckland
Diocese Diocese of Durham

St John the Evangelist’s Church, Darlington is a Grade II listed Church of England church on Neasham Road, Darlington, County Durham.

History

The church was designed by John Middleton and built between 1847 and 1849. The foundation stone was laid on 10 September 1847 by George Hudson Esq M.P. The design included a spire projected to be 160 feet (49 m) high sitting on the 90 feet (27 m) tower, but this was never added.

The church opened for worship on 3 January 1850.

The debt took some time to pay off, but by 1853 the Bishop of Durham agreed to consecrate the church and it took place on 16 July 1853.

The vestries were added in 1900 by W.S. HIcks.

Organ

Initially services were accompanied by a Seraphine. A pipe organ was presented in 1857 by Nathaniel Plews, which was second hand from Bedale church. However, this proved to be unsatisfactory and in 1865 a new organ was installed by Mr. Nicholson of Newcastle upon Tyne which included parts from the old organ. The cost was £150.

This organ was replaced in 1890 when a 2 manual organ was built by H.S. Vincent and Company of Sunderland. The opening recital was given on 18 September 1890 by Philip Armes, organist of Durham Cathedral. A specification of the current organ can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register. It has been awarded a Grade II* listing by the British Institute of Organ Studies.

Bells

The tower contains a ring of 8 bells. Five were installed in 1848 by Charles and George Mears. Three more were added in 1893 by Mears and Stainbank.

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