Leeds – Saint John the Evangelist

Leeds - Saint John the Evangelist

Saint John the Evangelist, New Briggate, Leeds Built when church building was rare, St John’s consists of what might be described as a double Nave. Other commentators dismiss this description but either way, it is a large rectangular space, divided in two by a long arcade. The Tower is at the western end of the north section. Listed Grade I, the church has been in The Churches Conservation Trust’s care since 1977.  The building has been subject to a good deal of restoration by some wealthy benefactors and their eminent architects. In the mid 19thC it came close to demolition but was saved by a campaigning, young Richard Norman Shaw. The interior is marvellously fitted with richly carved pews and screens. David is consultant architect. In addition to on-going concern about external fabric, the lack of heating is a concern for the fittings.