Church of St John, Upper Norwood, Sylvan Road SE19 - Croydon

Built in 1882, designed by John Loughborough Pearson. The church is located on a hill of shrinkable clay and has been subject to ongoing differential movement for many years resulting in substantial cracking mainly to the south side of the building. Underpinning, stitching of the most severe cracks and securing the south aisle brick and stone vaulting was completed in 2017, grant-aided by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Outstanding work includes repair of weathered stone dressings and the remaining cracks externally and re-roofing.

Church of St John, Upper Norwood, Sylvan Road SE19 - Croydon
© Historic England

Site Details

  • Designated Site Name: CHURCH OF ST JOHN
  • Heritage Category: Listed Building grade II*
  • List Entry Number: 1079275
  • Local Planning Authority: Croydon
  • Site Type: Religious ritual and funerary > Church


  • Building Name: Church of St John
  • Street Name: Sylvan Road
  • Postcode: SE19
  • County: Greater London
  • District / Borough: Croydon
  • Parliamentary Constituency: Croydon North
  • Region: London

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Place of worship
  • Condition: Poor
  • Priority: C - Slow decay; no solution agreed
  • Previous Priority: F
  • Ownership: Religious organisation
  • Designation: Listed Place of Worship grade II*, CA