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, founded on January 1st 1858. The Mission strove to improve the moral and religious condition of the beachmen and sailors, as well as their families. Initially a humble church building, it was expanded through the years, 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 disused 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 reintroducing life to the old structure.

Due to the church not being used for so long, pigeons had taken up residence via gaps in the roof where the slate tiles had fallen away. The exterior flint walls had also deteriorated due to the lack of maintenance over the years. Unfortunately for now they have had to be dismantled until such time as funding can be acquired to restore them. The stone work on the windows and doors have also experienced similar deterioration.

Progress has been made on returning the church to its former glory. So far, initial repairs on the roof have been completed, and the pigeons have been safely relocated. Some areas of the stone work were restored with the assistance of Estonian students as part of GYPT’s international relations. This has prevented any further water damage to the walls of the building. At present, work continues.

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

Inside the church, there were a number of old kneeler cushions found 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