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St John the Evangelist's Church, Greenock
Coordinates: 55°57′17″N 4°46′13″W / 55.9548°N 4.7702°W / 55.9548; -4.7702
OS grid reference NS 275,766
Location Union Street, Greenock, Inverclyde
Country Scotland
Denomination Scottish Episcopal Church
Website St John, Greenock
Consecrated 28 November 1878
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Category B
Designated 13 May 1971
Architect(s) Paley and Austin
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 1877
Completed 1878
Diocese Glasgow and Galloway
Rector Revd Wilhelmina Nesbitt

St John the Evangelist's Church, Greenock, is located in Union Street, Greenock, Inverclyde, Scotland. It is an active Anglican church in the Scottish Episcopal Church. It is designated by Historic Environment Scotland as a Category B listed building.


The original church on the site dated from 1824, and by the 1870s it had been decided to replace it with a larger church. A competition was held for its design, but this did not result in a satisfactory outcome. The perpetual curate of the church, Revd Julius Lloyd, recommended the Lancaster architects Paley and Austin, who were given the commission to design the church. It is the only church in Scotland designed by this practice. Building started in 1877 and the church was consecrated on 28 November 1878. It cost a little over £7,000 (equivalent to £490,000 in 2018).2018 Sir Michael Shaw-Stewart gave £1,500 towards its cost, and land to allow enlargement of the original site. In 1890 the successors in the Lancaster practice, Paley, Austin and Paley, designed stalls for the church, and in about 1897–98 the firm (then known as Austin and Paley) were asked to design an additional vestry.


The architectural style is Gothic Revival. The plan of the church consists of a four-bay nave with a clerestory, a chancel with a chapel, and a tower at the southeast corner. Along the sides of the nave are three- and four-light windows. The tower has a slate-covered pyramidal roof. Inside the church the arcades are carried on alternate octagonal and circular piers. The rood screen was designed by H. O. Tarbolton, and the font is a copy of a 15th-century font in Suffolk. The pipe organ was built by J. and A. Mirrlees of Glasgow.

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