St. Johns Church

St. Johns Church is situated on the corner of York Road and Lancaster Road just a short distance from Great Yarmouth's seafront. Originally St. Johns Church was built as the headquarters for the Beach and Harbour Mission which was founded on January 1st 1858. The mission strove to improve the moral and religious condition of the beachmen and sailors and their families. Initially a humble church building it was expanded through the years in gaining elaborate extensions and additions of décor in reaction to increases in population in the town.

The church was purchased in 2016 by the Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust. After being left redundant for many years the Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust is now developing ideas for new uses for the building while applying for funding to carry out repairs on the fabric of the church. Meanwhile the church will be accessible for various exhibitions and creative activities to begin introducing new uses into it.

Due to the church not being used for so long, there were holes appearing in the ceiling from the slate tiles falling out, which allowed pidgeons to fly into the tower. The exterior flint walls were also deteriorated due to not being maintained over the years, which means they have had to be safely dismanted due to how dangerous they were, and will be repaired at a later date when it gets funded. The stone work on the windows and doors has also deteriorated over the years, with them needing to be consolidated or replaced.

So far the intial repairs on the roof has been completed, as well as the removal of the pidgeons. Some areas of the stone work was consolidated with the assistance of some estonian students, this has stopped water causing more damage by getting into the stonework and erroding away what stone is left. 

St. Johns - Kneeler Cushion Project
St. John Emroidered Kneeler Cushion Image

Inside the church there were lots of old kneeler cushions behind the pews that needed conserving after years of being locked away. Click for more information

The Stories of St. John's
Roll of honour Image

The projects aims are to bring together the history and stories of people past and present who have connections to St. Johns Church, Lancaster Road. Click for more information