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St John the Evangelist, New Briggate, Leeds

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14 Sep 2013 11:00am - 3:00pm

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St John's Church

New Briggate, Leeds, LS2 8JD

The Church of St John the Evangelist is a very unusual survival. It was built in 1634 by local philanthropist John Harrison when the Parish Church became overcrowded, on what was then open fields.

Very few churches were built in the Carolinian period (the reign of Charles I) and St John's fitting are more reminiscent of the exuberant carvings found in palaces and domestic interiors of this date.

Visitors can explore the church alone, or accompanied by one of our volunteers.Inside the church visitors will find an outstanding screen, carved with griffins, hearts, flowers and grotesque heads and topped with the painted and gilded royal arms of Charles I and James I.

The pews are also beautifully carved and of the same date. The graveyard outside contains many fascinating memorials that record the local citizens of Leeds, including the Town Musicians, local inn keepers and a cow doctor! Children will enjoy spotting the carved angels playing musical instruments and holding swords, or climbing the steps to the pulpit and looking down on the grown ups. There is a trail that they can complete that helps them explore the building by finding all the different animals such as owls and lions that decorate the building. The graveyard is a lovely green space in the city for letting off steam after a busy day of visiting buildings!

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During this period of social distancing and lockdown due to Coronavirus we advise that you check directly with the organiser of this event that it is going ahead as publicised.

There is a step up to the altar. We are up some steps from New Briggate, Leeds main shopping street, and opposite the Grand Theatre. You can also find us if you approach from the North by coming through The Age UK's Arch Cafe which is behind Sainsbury's and the St John's Shopping Centre. The nearest car parking is at the St John's Centre and we are aproximately 10 minutes walk from Leeds train station
  • Free Event
  • Family friendly
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