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Sat, 17 Sept

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Redhill

Heritage Open Days Weekend at St John's including choir recital

Visit St John's Church and learn about its history during the Heritage Open Days weekend. The church choir will give an informal recital at 4pm, to end the first of the two days the church will be open. Free entry. No booking required.

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Heritage Open Days Weekend at St John's including choir recital
Heritage Open Days Weekend at St John's including choir recital

Time & Location

17 Sept 2022, 10:00 – 17:00

Redhill, Church Rd, Redhill RH1 6QA, UK

About the event

St John's Church is open on both days of the Heritage Open Days weekend, Saturday 17th September and Sunday 18th September. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn about its near 180-year history.

The first day will end with a recital by the church's choir, featuring Music in the House of God, at 4pm.

Built in 1843, St John the Evangelist, Redhill's oldest church, was later (1889-95) enlarged by John Loughborough Pearson, the famed exponent of Victorian Gothic. It has a 185ft spire, original Victorian stained glass windows, and a Father Willis organ (1897.)

Today's church is largely the creation of a leading architect of the Victorian Gothic revival, John Loughborough Pearson. Most of the stained glass and interior features follow Pearson's design specifications. The stained glass from Clayton and Bell was installed at the time of the rebuilding of the church, including the striking East Window, which features the Crucifixion, Resurrection and Ascension. There is an outstanding gilded triptych, set on mahogany and Numidian marble, with a central panel showing the crucifixion, flanked by the Agony and the Entombment. Sadly Pearson died at the end of 1897 and so did not live to see it in place in 1898.  The organ is by famous Victorian organ builder Henry Willis (aka Father Willis), who also built or rebuilt around 1,000 organs, including those at Alexandra Palace, the Royal Albert Hall and St Paul's Cathedral.

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