St John's Church

St John's Church, Stanmore: Address, St John's Church Reviews: 4/5

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Ali0818
Harrow, UK302 contributions
Wow
May 2018 • Family
Took my three year old in here for a brief respite from the heat. We went to the newer building not the ruin. She loved the stain glass and the doors on the pews. She walked around saying wow. A lovely peaceful cool place.
Written May 5, 2018
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Abbotsbury92
Chevy Chase, MD912 contributions
A marvelous, atmospheric ruined church and graveyard
Dec 2017 • Solo
I learned about the ruin of St. John the Evangelist in Stanmore (a.k.a. Stanmore Old Church) via Ian Nairn's marvelous book, "Nairn's London." This church, built in the early 1600s, fell into disrepair after it became too small for the local congregation and a new church was built adjacent to it in the 1800s. It was partially demolished but then preserved due to local opposition to its destruction. Today it's an atmospheric relic of early Stuart church architecture, roofless but otherwise largely intact. It was apparently overgrown with vines until the 1990s when English Heritage funded its preservation.

I had the good fortune of visiting on an overcast, intermittently misty, early December Sunday morning. This was the perfect weather in which to see the ruin and surrounding cemetery. Among the tombstones is a white one bearing an angel for W.S. Gilbert, of Gilbert & Sullivan musical fame.

Stanmore is located at the northern terminus of the Jubilee Line. It's a prosperous town, and the church ruin is a mere ten minute walk west of the tube station. I recommend visiting on a Sunday and pairing it with a walk down through Canons Park to either attend a service at St. Lawrence Whitchurch in Little Stanmore, or to visit that splendid church, having a spectacular organ that Handel played when he was court composer to the Duke of Chandos, in the afternoon when it's open for viewing.
Written December 16, 2017
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