© Mr Peter Sargeant
CHURCH OF ST JOHN, STANDISHGATE (east side)
WIGAN, WIGAN, GREATER MANCHESTER
Mr Peter Sargeant
28 April 2005
24 October 1951
Date of last amendment:
24 October 1951
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24-1/6/73 (East side)
24/10/51 Church of St John
Roman Catholic church. Dated 1819 on frieze of colonnaded
porch; restoration in progress at time of inspection (July
MATERIALS: sandstone ashlar, hipped slate roof.
PLAN: rectangular, set back from, and at right-angles to
EXTERIOR: 2-storey 5-bay symmetrical west front with
full-width Ionic colonnaded porch, the frieze inscribed
"ERECTED ANNO DOMINI MDCCCXIX", 1st-floor impost band, cornice
with blocking course and small central upstand.
Large round-headed doorways in the 3 centre bays, all with
stepped voussoirs, panelled double doors and fanlights with
radiating glazing bars; and at 1st floor large round-headed
windows in the 1st, 3rd and 5th bays, that in the centre now
filled with C20 mosaic and the others with renewed arched
4-bay side walls, pilastered, with large round-headed windows
in the 1st 3 bays; small vestry with hipped roof attached to
4th bay of north side; louvred cupola with domed roof over 4th
bay of south side.
Rear: large round-headed window in centre, flanked by pairs of
12-pane sashes on 2 levels.
INTERIOR: not accessible at time of inspection, but noted to
have Corinthian pilasters with entablature and prominent
mutuled cornice, internal apse with giant Corinthian
semi-columns and elaborate baldachino, and west gallery on
Corinthian columns. Forms group with Walmesley monument in
front (qv) and with No.93 (St John's Club (qv)) beside
(Little B: Catholic Churches since 1623: London: 1966-; Watkin
D: The Buildings of Britain: Regency: London: 1982-).